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“He is dangerous,” Shia LaBeouf Sued By Ex, Singer FKA Twigs, For ‘Relentless’ Abuse

“My first worst nightmare is not telling anyone and knowing that i could have helped even just one person by sharing my story.”

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*T/W: This article contains details of abuse and may be triggering for some. 
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English singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress FKA Twigs is suing her ex-boyfriend, actor Shia LaBeouf for allegedly “physically, emotionally and mentally” abusing her “many times” during their almost year-long relationship. The two had first met in 2018 while on the set of “Honey Boy”, the autobiographical film that LeBeouf had written. Detailing the ordeal in a sit down with The New York Times, FKA Twigs (born Tahliah Debrett Barnett) explained that she is now coming forward to…

 

“I’d like to be able to raise awareness on the tactics that abusers use to control you and take away your agency,”

 

 

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The 32-year-old “Cellophane” singer also took to her social media accounts to further detail her decision to put the 34-year-old ‘Transformers’ actor on the stand. She shared,

 

“it was hard for me to process too, during and after i never thought something like this would happen to me. which is why i have decided it’s important for me to talk about it and try to help people understand that when you are under the coercive control of an abuser or in an intimate partner violent relationship leaving doesn’t feel like a safe or achievable option.”

 

(Twitter / @FKAtwigs)

 

 

In the lawsuit she filed against the former Disney star, she detailed one terrifying example of LeBeouf’s abuse:

 

“Just after Valentine’s Day in 2019, the musician FKA twigs was in a car speeding toward Los Angeles. At the wheel was her boyfriend, the actor Shia LaBeouf. He was driving recklessly, she said in a lawsuit filed on Friday, removing his seatbelt and threatening to crash unless she professed her love for him. 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. But Mr. LaBeouf followed, and assaulted her, throwing her against the car while screaming in her face, according to the suit. He then forced her back in the car.”

 

 

 

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The Grammy award-nominated singer also broke down how difficult it was for her to get out of the relationship. In the beginning, LeBeouf was affectionate but that affection soon wore out into possessive and often hurtful behaviour. He is said to have squeezed and grabbed FKA Twigs “to the point of bruising”. She was also forced to look away and not interact with other men (including waiters) and was even made to stay with the actor at his place, thus isolating her from her circle. The whole time, FKA Twigs did not speak about her situation as she didn’t think anyone would believe her – when she reached out to a colleague, her words fell on deaf ears.

 

“I just thought to myself, no one is ever going to believe me. I’m unconventional. And I’m a person of colour who is a female.”

 

Thankfully, with the help of a therapist, she slowly made her way out of the relationship – but not without having to deal with LeBeouf’s torrent of abuse. When attempting to leave in 2019, FKA Twigs detailed in her lawsuit that made an unplanned appearance where he “‘violently grabbed’ her, picked her up and locked her in another room”.

 

“The whole time I was with him, I could have bought myself a business-flight plane ticket back to my four-story townhouse in Hackney. He brought me so low, below myself, that the idea of leaving him and having to work myself back up just seemed impossible.”

 

 

 

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After reaching out to him, The New York Times shared LaBeouf’s statement, which reads:

 

“I’m not in any position to tell anyone how my behavior made them feel. I have no excuses for my […] 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.”

 

 

*Cover image credits: Instagram / @fkatwigs / @we_love_shia as photographed by @bentrivett

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