Shia LaBeouf’s Lawyer Says He’s Looking To Check Himself Into A Long-Term Treatment Center For His Issues
Here is an update for anyone who was wondering if we’ll be seeing Shia LaBeouf sucking face in public with Margaret Qualley any time soon. We might, but it sounds like Shia better schedule that as soon as possible. Because Variety has confirmed with Shia’s attorney, Shawn Holley, that Shia is looking to go away for a while to deal with his issues.
Variety spoke with Shawn in response to a statement made by attorney Bryan Freedman, who represents Shia’s exes FKA Twigs and Karolyn Pho. Earlier this month, Shia’s ex-girlfriend FKA Twigs filed a lawsuit against Shia, accusing him of domestic violence, sexual battery, “relentless abuse,” and knowingly infecting her with an STD. Karolyn backed up Twigs’ statements of abuse with some of her own. Twigs is seeking damages, as she claimed it was really expensive for her to finally leave Shia, but that she really wanted to file the lawsuit as a way to warn other women. Bryan Freedman told Variety just as much when he spoke with them, saying:
“This isn’t about Shia’s career. This is about making sure the trauma and pain inflicted on my clients and others doesn’t happen again. Shia is an admitted abuser and he needs to get meaningful help that addresses his violent behavior.”
Wanting to make sure it doesn’t happen again feels like an understatement when you consider that we’ve been hearing about Shia’s allegedly violent-against-women ways for half a decade now. And Bryan says they did try to keep this out of the press. According to Bryan, his clients approached Shia and asked him to settle this privately with them. They asked Shia to make a donation to an organization that helps victims of domestic violence, and that they wanted Shia to agree to “meaningful and consistent” treatment for his violence issues. He didn’t do either, which is why the lawsuit was filed. Shawn Holley, Shia’s attorney, says that Bryan is lyin’, and Shia wasn’t unwilling to settle the matter:
“When these allegations first came up a year ago, Shia immediately accepted responsibility for the many things he had done wrong and expressed his willingness to do what Twigs wanted him to do, almost all of which were perfectly reasonable. To that end, he paid for, scheduled, rescheduled (when she changed the date), and traveled from another country to attend the mediation set up by the lawyers for both sides. When Twigs’ lawyer cancelled the mediation, Shia’s lawyer tried to get it rescheduled. Shia’s position has never changed and I have reached out to Mr. Freedman to see how things might get back on track.
Shia needs help and he knows that. We are actively seeking the kind of meaningful, intensive, long-term inpatient treatment that he desperately needs.”
Variety also covered Shia’s departure from Olivia Wilde’s upcoming film Don’t Worry Darling. Initially, it was reported that Shia left the project in September, due to a “scheduling conflict” that just couldn’t be worked out. He was replaced by Harry Styles. Sources from the set of Don’t Worry Darling allege to Variety that Shia was absolutely fired by Olivia, due to Shia being Shia.
Variety has learned LaBeouf was dropped from the film. Though shooting had not started yet when LaBeouf departed, insiders close to the project say LaBeouf displayed poor behavior and his style clashed with the cast and crew, including Wilde, who ultimately fired him.
“He is not an easy guy to work with,” a source close to the film says, adding that LaBeouf was “off-putting” to those associated with the project, particularly Wilde, who is known to build collaborative sets with a “zero asshole policy.”
Olivia Wilde hasn’t issued any comment regarding Shia’s alleged reason for leaving/being fired from the film. But, one day after FKA Twigs came out with her lawsuit, Olivia posted an Instagram Story saying, “love, respect, and support FKA twigs.” And that kind of says all you need to know about where she stands on the Shia situation.
If Shia was fired, I’m sure no one was surprised. The first day Shia showed up on set, he probably grabbed a megaphone and announced, “Whoever is in charge of this set, you better update your asshole policy from zero to one, because I’m not promising I can reign in my essence.”