The Once Upon A Time in Hollywood actress took to Instagram to repost Twigs’ first magazine interview since accusing Shia LaBeouf of an abusive relationship last year, captioning the post “Thank you.”
LaBeouf was accused of sexual battery, assault and infliction of emotional distress by Twigs (real name Tahliah Barnett) last December, and his legal team have since denied “each and every allegation” levelled at the actor.
Qualley and LaBeouf had reportedly been dating since last December, and are said to have broken up last month, per Vulture. They first met while shooting a music video for Rainsford, the musical project of Qualley’s sister, Rainey.
Opening up about her past relationship with ELLE, Barnett said, “It’s a miracle I came out alive,” adding: “People wouldn’t think that it would happen to a woman like me.”
Explaining how the alleged abuse increased over time, she said: “If you put a frog in a boiling pot of water, that frog is going to jump out straightaway. Whereas if you put a frog in cool water and heat it up slowly, that frog is going to boil to death. That was my experience being with [LaBeouf].”
In the lawsuit Barnett filed against Shia LaBeouf, she recalled an alleged incident on Valentine’s Day 2019 in which the actor was driving a car recklessly, with Twigs in the passenger seat, before he then removed his seatbelt and threatened to crash the car unless she professed her love for him.
After begging to be let out of the vehicle, the actor allegedly followed and physically assaulted her before forcing her back into his car.
She explained that wanted to speak out “because it is something in society that’s a really big problem and it’s really common, but for some reason, we don’t talk about it”.
If you or someone you know has experienced domestic violence, call the following for help:
Domestic Violence Assist – 0800 195 8699
National Centre for Domestic Violence – 0800 970 2070
Victim Support – 0808 168 9 111