Shia LaBeouf is denying the allegations made by his former girlfriend, the recording artist FKA Twigs, last year in a lawsuit that he physically and sexually abused her during their 9-month relationship.
The 32-year-old singer, born Tahliah Debrett Barnett, filed a lawsuit against the 34-year-old actor in Los Angeles in December, alleging “relentless abuse.”
This week, LaBeouf’s law team responded to the suit, saying that 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,” People reports.
Additionally, LaBeouf’s law team is asking for Barnett’s sexual battery claims to be completely dismissed because they state that "none of the acts alleged were based on sex and/or the conduct was not sexual."
The attorneys allege that Barnett deserves no compensation and instead she is being asked to pay LaBeouf’s legal fees.
Creative Artists Agency, who announced this week that they are no longer representing LaBeouf, told TODAY via email that the actor "made a decision to seek inpatient help and support, and as part of that stepped away from the industry."
LaBeouf reportedly began inpatient treatment roughly a month ago.
Barnett had claimed that the couple's relationship, which lasted from 2018 to 2019, consisted of sexual battery, assault, and the infliction of emotional distress. She also claimed that LaBeouf intentionally gave her a sexually transmitted infection. The lawsuit alleges that the actor began “belittling her and berating her after the slightest perceived insult” before he would “become increasingly violent,” the New York Daily News reported in December.
“On one occasion around Valentine’s Day 2019, LaBeouf forcibly slammed Tahliah against his car and strangled her after she was trying to escape from one of his manic tirades,” the lawsuit alleges.
The musician told the New York Times that with the lawsuit, she wants “to raise awareness on the tactics that abusers use to control you and take away your agency.”
Barnett is not seeking monetary compensation in the lawsuit.
LaBeouf told the Times over email in December that, “I’m not in any position to tell anyone how my behavior made them feel.”
He added, “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.”
Neither LaBeouf’s lawyer or former management immediately responded to Oxygen.com’s request for comment on Thursday. Barnett's lawyer responded to the LaBeouf camp's claims to Oxygen.com on Thursday.
“Upon being confronted with Ms. Barnett’s lawsuit, Mr. LaBeouf admitted his reprehensible conduct and then checked himself into some type of inpatient treatment," he said. "To the extent his five-week treatment has been focused on denials and gaslighting, he may want to revisit the type of help he is receiving. Mr. LaBeouf’s legal tact and recovery plan, while not surprising, are poorly misguided self-help strategies.“
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