Shia LaBeouf has claimed that he was raped at an LA art gallery earlier this year.
The alleged incident took place during #IAMSORRY, a performance art event that took place at The Cohen Gallery in February, during which the Transformers actor met members of the public, silently, one by one for five days.
Looking back at the five-day event during an interview with Dazed, LaBeouf claimed: “One woman who came with her boyfriend, who was outside the door when this happened, whipped my legs for ten minutes and then stripped my clothing and proceeded to rape me… There were hundreds of people in line when she walked out with dishevelled hair and smudged lipstick.”
LaBeouf, 28, proceeded to recall how he felt after the alleged rape. “It was no good, not just for me but her man as well.” the actor said. “On top of that my girl was in line to see me, because it was Valentine’s Day and I was living in the gallery for the duration of the event – we were separated for five days, no communication. So it really hurt her as well, as I guess the news of it travelled through the line. When she came in she asked for an explanation, and I couldn’t speak, so we both sat with this unexplained trauma silently. It was painful.”
The allegation of rape comes at the end of an erratic year for LaBeouf. He walked out of a Berlin Film Festival press conference for Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac in February – and later appeared on the red carpet for the film’s premiere wearing a paper on his head emblazoned with the words: “I am not famous anymore.”
In September he pleaded guilty to charges of disorderly conduct after he was arrested while watching a Broadway performance of Cabaret. The actor was reportedly seen smoking in the audience, shouting at the actors and using abusive language. He later blamed his arrest on drinking whisky before he arrived at the theatre.