For some time now, “Transformers” actor Shia LaBeouf has been on the news due to claims of plagiarism and his supposed fall from fame. Now, LaBeouf has once again made news, as an alleged rape victim. Read on for further details.
In February 2014, LaBeouf set up a performance art exhibit and invited the public to visit him one-on-one in a small room inside the gallery. Inside, he is seen in a black tuxedo and wearing his infamous “I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE” paper bag over his face.
In an email interview with Aimee Cliff, a journalist from Dazed magazine, LaBeouf says that during his exhibit #IAMSORRY, a woman came and raped him, with her boyfriend standing close by.
“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 disheveled hair and smudged lipstick. It was no good, not just for me but her man as well. 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.”
LaBeouf’s claims of rape instantly became news and a source of debate among fans, celebrities and critics. Some, like CNN journalist Piers Morgan, claim this to be a form of PR. In Twitter, Morgan also added that LaBeouf's claim is pathetic and demeaning to rape victims and that he should apologize for doing it.
Sometime after these comments were made public, two artists who collaborated LaBeouf’s art show backed up the actor’s story. British artist Luke Turner and Finnish artist Nastja Säde Rönkkö claimed they put a stop to the crime, though Turner did not respond when asked if they reported the incident to the police.
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