Shia LeBeouf has ‘denied each and every’ assault allegation by his FKA twigs – and wants her to pay his legal costs after she accused him of ‘relentless abuse’.
The singer – real name Tahliah Debrett Barnett – filed a lawsuit against her actor ex in December, accusing him sexual battery, assault, and infliction of emotional distress.
Now LeBeouf, 34, has said he ‘denies, generally and specifically, each and every allegation contained in [Barnett]’s Complaint, denies that [Barnett] has sustained any injury or loss by reason of any act or omission on the part of [LaBeouf], and denies that [Barnett] is entitled to any relief or damages whatsoever’ according to legal documents obtained by People.
His lawyers add ‘none of the acts alleged were based on sex and/or the conduct was not sexual’ as they try to get the sexual battery allegations dismissed.
LeBeouf’s team have said they want Twigs to pay his legal costs as well as ‘further relief as the Court may deem just and proper’.
Earlier Wednesday it was reported that LaBeouf has ‘parted ways’ with his agent while receiving care at a residential treatment facility.
It’s understood that he has ceased working with the Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Insiders told Variety that CAA haven’t been working with the actor for around a month but they haven’t fired him.
In her lawsuit, Twigs, 33, alleges LaBeouf knowingly gave her an STD and abused her – both emotionally and physically – during their relationship leaving her ‘with PTSD’.
The pair dated for less than a year before ending things in May 2019 with sources saying at the time the separation was down to her work schedule.
Shia LeBeouf, left, has ‘denied each and every’ assault allegation by his FKA twigs, right – and wants her to pay his legal costs after she accused him of ‘relentless abuse’
In her lawsuit, Twigs, 33, alleges LaBeouf knowingly gave her an STD and abused her – both emotionally and physically – during their relationship leaving her ‘with PTSD’
In one incident detailed in FKA Twig’s lawsuit, LaBeouf was allegedly speeding in Los Angeles in February 2019 when they were returning from a trip to the desert.
He removed his seat belt and threatened to crash the car unless she told him she loved him, the lawsuit says.
LaBeouf stopped at a gas station after Twigs says she begged him to stop and let her out. When she removed her bags from the trunk, LaBeouf allegedly threw her against the car, screamed in her face and then forced her to get back in the vehicle.
Just prior to the gas station incident, Twigs alleges she woke in the middle of the night to find the Transformers actor choking her.
She told the Grounded With Louis Theroux podcast: ‘I was left with PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder] from that, which again is just something that I don’t think we really talk about as a society just in terms of the healing when leaving, and how much work that has to be done to recover, to get back to the person that you were before.’
The pair dated for less than a year before ending things in May 2019 with sources saying at the time the separation was down to her work schedule
In response to his ex’s allegations, LaBeouf had issued a statement to the New York Times that said ‘many of these allegations are not true’, though conceded ‘I’m not in a position to tell anyone how my behavior made them feel.’
‘I have no excuses for my alcoholism or aggression, only rationalizations,’ he said. ‘I have been abusive to myself and everyone around me for years. I have a history of hurting the people closest to me. I’m ashamed of that history and am sorry to those I hurt. There is nothing else I can really say.’
LaBeouf is now said to have been receiving treatment for over five weeks and his release from the unnamed facility will depend on his recovery.
After news of the suit emerged, a number of other former partners of LaBeouf stepped forward to accuse him of various forms of abuse.
After news of the suit emerged, a number of other former partners of LaBeouf stepped forward to accuse him of various forms of abuse, including singers Sia (left) and Kelly Rose (right)
Singer Sia accused the actor of ‘conning’ her into an adulterous relationship with him, calling him a ‘pathological liar’. LaBeouf had previously starred in her music video for the song Elastic Heart in 2015.
Songwriter Katy Rose has also alleged that he ‘groped’ her ‘violently’ at a party in the Hollywood Hills once and stylist Karolyn Pho joined Twigs’ lawsuit.
Pho, a stylist, alleged in the suit that LaBeouf ‘drunkenly pinned her to a bed and head-butted her, enough that she bled.’
Questions also arose around his sudden departure from Olivia Wilde’s forthcoming movie, Don’t Worry Darling.
LaBeouf had been picked for a role but left the project before it began shooting and has been replaced by Harry Styles.
LaBeouf’s arrest history dates back to the 1990s with separate apprehensions for stealing Nike trainers and a Gameboy Pokémon.
On July 27 2008 the following year he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Hollywood after he and two women were injured in a car accident.
While LaBeouf required surgery on his hand, there was not enough evidence to convict the actor, despite him failing a breathalyzer test.
Previously: LaBeouf has courted a string of controversies throughout his career, among them an arrest for public intoxication in Austin, Texas in 2015 (pictured)
In 2011 he allegedly got into a bar-fight while filming The Company You Keep in Vancouver, Canada, although no arrests were made.
Worse would follow in 2014, when officers arrested LaBeouf outside New York City’s Studio 54 amid reports of disruptive behavior during a performance of Cabaret.
During the incident he reportedly bellowed from the audience before slapping actor Alan Cumming on the bottom and hurling insults at his arresting officers.
He later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct, resulting in the actor receiving three months of treatment for alcohol abuse.
Another arrest followed in October 2015, with LaBeouf arrested in Austin, Texas for misdemeanor public intoxication while attending the Austin City Limits music festival.
Another two incidents came in 2017, with the actor arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor assault in New York City that February, before being taken into custody again for obstruction, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness in Atlanta, Georgia in July.
In September 2020 he was charged with one count of misdemeanor battery and one count of misdemeanor theft following a physical altercation with another man that July.