Singer, dancer, and actress FKA Twigs has filed a lawsuit against her actor ex-boyfriend Shia LaBeouf. Twigs accuses LaBeouf of sexual battery and mental and physical abuse.
On Friday, the 32-year-old artist, whose real name is Tahliah Debrett Barnett, sued LaBeouf, saying she experienced “relentless abuse” while being in a relationship with the actor, according to the New York Times. She accuses him of abusing her and knowingly giving her a sexually transmitted disease.
“What I went through with Shia was the worst thing I’ve ever been through in the whole of my life,” she said. “I don’t think people would ever think that it would happen to me. But I think that’s the thing. It can happen to anybody.”
Twigs met LaBeouf after being cast in his autobiographical film “Honey Boy.” The two dated for almost a year, and when things started to fizzle out between the couple, Twigs says that’s when LaBeouf’s emotional, physical, and mental abuse began. The artist details an incident that happened in Feb. 2019. According to the Times article, Twigs says she and LaBeouf were in the desert where he “raged at her throughout the trip,” waking her up once “in the middle of the night, choking her.”
Twigs adds that when the two were on their way back to Los Angeles, LaBeouf began driving recklessly, “removing his seatbelt and threatening to crash unless she professed her love for him.” The lawsuit continues: “After she begged to be let out of the car, she said he pulled over at a gas station, and she took her bags from the trunk. According to the suit, Mr. LaBeouf followed and assaulted her, throwing her against the car while screaming in her face. He then forced her back in the car,” the article states.
Twigs says she was in shock, scared, and didn’t leave out of fear, noting that no one there tried to help her. “I just thought to myself, no one is ever going to believe me,” she told the Times. “I’m unconventional. And I’m a person of color who is a female.”Another one of LaBeouf’s girlfriends also states that LaBeouf abused her. She claims that two years ago LaBeouf drunkenly pinned her to a bed and head-butted her, making her bleed. “So much goes into breaking down a man or woman to make them OK with a certain kind of treatment,” the woman who is a stylist told the Times.
In a statement to the Times, LaBeouf responded to the lawsuit, saying, “I’m not in any position to tell anyone how my behavior made them feel,” he wrote. “I have no excuses for my alcoholism or aggression, only rationalizations. 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.”
Twigs took to Instagram and shared her reason for coming forward, highlighting the importance of shedding light on domestic violence say that other women know they aren’t alone. “i hope that by sharing my experience, i can truly help others feel like they are not alone and shed some light on how those who are worried somebody they care about may be in an abusive relationship can help because i understand it can be confusing and hard to know what to do,” Twigs wrote.