In the open letter he sent to Olivia Wilde this weekdiscounting her claim that he was “fired” from her movie don’t worry baby—Shia LaBeouf mentions former romantic partner FKA Twigs only once. “My shortcomings with Twigs are fundamental and real, but they are not the story presented,” he wrote, presumably referring to on a series of allegations made against him by the British musician, suing him for “sexual assault, assault and inflicting emotional distress” over the course of their relationship. “There is a time and a place to deal with such things,” LaBeouf wrote to Wilde, “And I try to navigate a nuanced situation with respect for her and the truth, hence my silence.”
In contrast, LaBeouf reportedly Twigs name not mentioned at all during a new episode of Jon Bernthal’s podcast real tonight (apparently the aforementioned “time and place” to break his “silence”), instead only referring to her as “that woman”. For example, “I hurt that woman,” he tells Bernthal during the interview, although he doesn’t seem to have addressed many of the specific allegations against him. (LaBeouf formally denied all of Twigs’ allegations against him) in 2021when he filed a motion to dismiss her case against him.) “And while I did, I hurt a lot of other people,” he added, in a manner similar to comments he made. made in december 2020, claiming that he had been “abusive” to both himself and others for “years”. “And many other people before that woman. I was a pleasure-seeking, selfish, self-centered, dishonest, inconsiderate, fearful person.”
As with the Wilde letter, LaBeouf — who in the interview admits to being unfaithful and not disclosing STDs to sexual partners — mentions his daughter’s birth as a transformative moment for him. He goes on to call “that woman” a “saint” who “saved his life” because “If she hadn’t intervened in my life and created the way for me to experience ego death, I would either have a very mediocre existence or I would be completely dead.” (LaBeouf also states, as he has done elsewhere this week, that he considered committing suicide after the allegations became public. “I went and loaded a gun and sat down on my table.”)
LaBeouf – who is? currently on display at Abel Ferrara’s Father Pio– noted how that ‘ego death’ came from his status as a member of ‘the tribe of the fuck-ups’. “I am a very public sinner, a very fallible person in the public sphere, what I now think my aim is is not to do … Tthe other examples we’ve had of how to navigate something like this – that’s going after the woman, or trying to win a lawsuit, or getting back into a fucking movie or coming back all the way.” (Father Pio will debut in competition at this year’s Venice International Film Festival.)
LaBeouf positions himself as he is now as a ‘billboard, for a principled way of life’. He also made comparisons to Josh Brolin and Mel Gibson as actors accused of domestic violence in the past, and tried to chart a course through Hollywood in the aftermath. He also said he now has a “squad” of “60 dudes” with whom he has weekly Zoom meetings and bike rides so he can get “real-time” feedback on his actions.
The two-hour interview is available at: Bernthal .’s Patreon. In a clip of the conversation made public on his InstagramBernthal (who played with LaBeouf in 2014) Fury and then in 2019 The Peanut Butter Valk) weighs in on himself, apparently trying to chart his own response to the accusations, saying, “I don’t know what it’s like to lay my hands on a woman, or for a woman to say that I put my hands on a woman.” on her leg.” He also says his role as a friend of LaBeouf’s is to make sure “you never do it again” while also showing his support.
FKA Twigs made her allegations against LaBeouf in 2020. She currently have a court date in April 2023 for the trial.
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