Actor seeks help following recent arrest
Shia LaBeouf is receiving treatment for alcohol addiction following his recent arrest.
LaBeouf was arrested last week after causing a disturbance at a Broadway production of Cabaret, where he is reported to have stood up in the middle of the performance and shouted at the actors on stage. He was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct and one count of criminal trespassing. An additional count of harassment was later added.
In the aftermath of the incident it was reported that the Transformers actor was in rehab. However, thought admitting their client is getting help, a rep for LaBeouf denied he is in rehab.
“Contrary to previous erroneous reports, Shia LaBeouf has not checked into a rehabilitation facility but he is voluntarily receiving treatment for alcohol addiction,” a spokesperson told ABC News. “He understands that these recent actions are a symptom of a larger health problem and he has taken the first of many necessary steps towards recovery.”
LaBeouf’s arrest is the latest incident in an increasingly strange year for the actor. Earlier this year he caused a stir at a premiere for Lars Von Trier’s controversial film Nymphomaniac in Berlin by arriving with a paper bag covering his head.
LaBeouf, who stars opposite Charlotte Gainsbourg in the explicit erotic film, was at the Berlin Film Festival to promote the movie, but opted for some unusual attire: a black tuxedo with a bow tie, and a brown paper bag placed over his head bearing the message “I am not famous anymore”.
Before arriving at the premiere, he had also stormed out of a press conference after answering just one question. After a reporter asked him about filming sex scenes for Nymphomaniac, he quoted former footballer Eric Cantona and said: “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much.”
LaBeouf, who garnered controversy after it was revealed that his directorial debut HowardCantour.com had plagiarised a graphic novel by Daniel Clowes, previously claimed that he sent pictures of his penis to the production team behind Nymphomaniac in order to land a role on the film.