Shia LaBeouf is definitely one of the best young actors in Hollywood. He may have made a splash as a Disney Star on “Even Stevens,” but now he is making waves with an impressive body of work and and praise from A-List actors. In fact, Brad Pitt describes him as one of the greatest actors he has ever met. However, not of these accolades hold any weight when rape is at the epicenter of the troubled actor’s latest issue. This weekend, Shia says he was raped by a woman early February during his performance-art piece #IAMSORRY. In an interview with Dazed, Shia revealed his ordeal when the reporter asked were there any “unsettling” moments during the performance. He confessed the following: “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 dishevelled 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.”
Shia has not commented on these allegations since the release of the interview but his creative collaborators for #IAMSORRY, Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner, tweeted some clarifications about the actor’s claims. Nastja tweets “A couple of important clarifications about our
#IAMSORRY project earlier this year: Nowhere did we state that people could do whatever they wanted to Shia during #IAMSORRY…As soon as we were aware of the incident starting to occur, we put a stop to it and ensured that the woman left.” Meanwhile Luke tweeted in response to Piers Morgan’s tweet, “Why did you let Shia LaBeouf’s ‘rapist’ just walk away, @Luke_Turner?” Luke responded with the following tweets: “@piersmorgan It wasn’t clear at the time precisely what had happened, & the 1st priority was to ensure everybody’s safety in the gallery…@piersmorgan She ran out, rather than simply walking away. Beyond that, it’s not my place to comment.”
Shia’s allegations have been met with mixed reactions by the public. It is hard for many people to imagine a woman raping a man. However, it is not unheard of. A woman in The Netherlands was recently charged with raping a man, and a group of women in Zimbabwe were accused of serially raping men as well. Either way sexual assault is never a joking matter. No means no, regardless of the person’s gender. Let’s just hope Shia gets some help. He was already troubled, let’s just hope this does not make him completely snap.