FKA Twigs sues Shia LaBeouf, referencing Abusive Relationship
British musician Tahliah Debrett Barnett, aka FKA Twigs, is suing American actor Shia Labeouf. She is suing him for subjecting her to a physically, mentally, and emotionally abusive relationship while the two were dating.
While talking to the New York Times, the 32-year-old opened up about her relationship with Labeouf, saying it was:
The worst thing I’ve ever been through in the whole of my life.
Other than Barnett, another woman by the name of Karolyn Pho also features as part of the lawsuit with similar allegations. Moreover, FKA Twigs also wants to raise awareness about:
The tactics that abusers use to control you and take away your agency.
Labeouf then gave the Times response to the allegations as well, saying that “many of these allegations are not true”. However, he believes that he owes Barnett and Pho:
The opportunity to air their statements publicly and [for me to] accept accountability for those things I have done.
Labeouf further continued, explaining his unacceptable behavior towards Fka Twigs and Pho:
I’m not in any position to tell anyone how my behaviour made them feel. I have no excuses for my alcoholism or aggression, only rationalisations. 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.
What FKA Twigs’ lawsuit says Labeouf did to her
The lawsuit mentions that Labeouf met Barnett back in 2018 when she was cast in his film Honey Boy. They started dating after they were done with the film’s shooting and Pho, as well as Barnett, say that Labeouf didn’t even let them speak or look towards male waiters.
According to the lawsuit, FKA Twigs was traveling in a vehicle with Shia Labeouf at the driving wheel. He was driving recklessly and took his seat belt off, telling Barnett to tell her she loves him or else he’ll crash the car. They were taking a trip to a desert outside Los Angeles. During the trip, Barnett alleges that Labeouf once woke her up in the middle of the night by choking her. After Barnett begged Labeouf to let her out, he pulled over at a petrol station as she removed her luggage. FKA Twigs then alleges that Labeouf followed and assaulted her, throwing her against the car and screaming at her face.
Moreover, Barnett also talked about how Shia Labeouf harangued her a lot. He even had restrictions on how many times a day she is allowed to touch and kiss him. Labeouf also kept a gun beside him in bed and she would be scared to go to the toilet in the middle of the night, fearing that he might mistake her for a burglar and shoot her. Labeouf also knowingly infected Barnett with a sexually transmitted disease (STD)
She didn’t receive any support
FKA Twigs also mentioned how no one was willing to believe her. Her colleagues dismissed her allegations and she hadn’t gone to the police out of concern for Labeouf’s career. Moreover, Barnett thought she would not be taken seriously, fearing racism as well, as she told the Times:
I just thought to myself, ‘No one is ever going to believe me.’ I’m unconventional. And I’m a person of color who is a female.
Even escaping from Labeouf became impossible for Barnett. He would even pick her up and lock her in a room if she ever tried, saying:
The whole time I was with him, I could have bought myself a business-flight plane ticket back to my four-storey townhouse in Hackney,” she said. “He brought me so low, below myself, that the idea of leaving him and having to work myself back up just seemed impossible.
Moreover, FKA Twigs intends to donate any money she gets from the lawsuit into domestic assault and violence charities:
It was actually very expensive, and a massive undertaking of time and resources, to get out.
And Shia Labeouf has a history of publically lashing out on his partners before. He was once filmed arguing in 2015 with his then-girlfriend actor Mia Goth. He later told the people filming:
If I’d stayed there, I would’ve killed her.