Last week, news broke that Tahliah Debrett Barnett, professionally known as FKA twigs, had filed a lawsuit against actor Shia LaBeouf. The singer has accused her ex LaBeouf of abusing her horribly, and her voice has been joined in court by another of the actor’s exes. Now, famous and secretive singer and songwriter Sia Kate Isobelle Furler, known to fans as Sia, has spoken about her terrible experience with LaBeouf as well. According to Furler, LaBeouf lied to her and tricked her into an adulterous relationship, as well as causing her emotional damage.
FKA Twig’s Lawsuit Against LaBeouf
Last week, Barnett filed suit against LaBeouf. In the lawsuit, Barnett alleges sexual battery, assault, and inflicting emotional distress across the year they were a couple. CELEB explored Barnett’s allegations. “FKA twigs claims in the lawsuit that around Valentine’s Day 2019 all hell broke loose at a gas station on their way home from the desert, where he ‘raged on her., driving recklessly, removing his seat-belt and threatening to crash unless she professed her love for him.’
Further accusations state that ‘he pulled over at a gas station and she took her bags from the trunk. But LaBeouf followed, and assaulted her, throwing her against the car while screaming in her face, forcing her back in the car.’
Karolyn Pho, a stylist and former girlfriend, had similar experiences she shared with The Times and detailed in the lawsuit, outlining that LaBeouf drunkenly pinned her to a bed and head-butted her until she bled.”
History Of Abuse
Pho and Barnett are not the only exes who experiences abuse at LaBeouf’s hands.
A Buzzfeed article from 2015 details an incident with LaBeouf’s ex-girlfriend Mia Goth. “One witness told [tabloid] Bild that Goth was pulling on LaBeouf’s backpack for him to stay, and LaBeouf told her that he did not want to become aggressive with her. LaBeouf appeared to be under the influence, the witness said.
After breaking up the fight, a group of locals drove LaBeouf to the airport, Bild reported. While in the car, he allegedly said that if he had stayed, he would have killed Goth, the tabloid reported.”
LaBeouf injured his hand, and Goth was seen the next morning with a black eye.
LaBeouf has been arrested at least four times for charges like disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, assault, battery, and harassment.
Now, Furler has added her voice to the chorus decrying LaBeouf’s behavior and demanding accountability.
What Sia Has to Say About LaBeouf
Furler and LaBeouf worked together on the set of the singer’s 2015 music video for her hit song Elastic Heart. At the time, LaBeouf was dating Goth and Furler was married to her now-ex Erik Anders Lang. Prior to Furler’s tweets on the matter this week, neither had spoken about being in a relationship together.
Furler tweeted, “I too have been hurt emotionally by Shia, a pathological liar, who conned me into an adulterous relationship claiming to be single. I believe he’s very sick and have compassion for him AND his victims. Just know, if you love yourself- stay safe, stay away.”
The singer added, “Also I love you @FKAtwigs
This is very courageous and I’m very proud of you.”
Barnett responded, “love you back @Sia you’re an inspiration and thank you everyone for your love and solidarity <3.”
Furler and her husband at the time split in 2016, not long after the singer filmed Elastic Heart with LaBeouf, but it’s unclear if the two circumstances are related.
What’s Next for Shia LaBeouf
LaBeouf has long struggled with addiction and alcoholism. According to friends and exes alike, this behavior is nothing new. What is the most disturbing about the allegations is the fact that people seem to know that LaBeouf has been behaving this way for years. Outsiders have been aware of his substance abuse issues for years, but he continued to have the freedom to pick new victims. This is a typically Hollywood and Washington phenomenon, where the powerful are given leeway to abuse and mistreat people due to their success and station in life.
According to Felix Kay, a producer who knows LaBeouf, the actor’s problems have been a poorly kept secret. Kay wrote in response to Furler’s tweet, “As someone who also knows Shia I can’t condone what he does but I can concur he is sick. He has been struggling with addiction for years. His childhood was also an issue for him. He is his worst enemy. But yet as his friend it’s hard to not try to get him help. Despite the abuse.
…I don’t agree with his actions and I’m not defending him. I’m just putting things into context. I honestly hope he gets the help needs before its too late.”
LaBeouf Owns Up to Some of the Accusations
The actor sent correspondence to The New York Times stating, “I’m not in any position to tell anyone how my behavior made them feel. 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.”
“I have no excuses for my alcoholism or aggression, only rationalizations,” LaBeouf wrote in an email to The Times. Responding to specific accusations in another email, he wrote that “many of these allegations are not true.”
Going on to add that he was “a sober member of a 12-step program” and in therapy. “I am not cured of my PTSD and alcoholism,” he wrote, “but I am committed to doing what I need to do to recover, and I will forever be sorry to the people that I may have harmed along the way.”
The lawyer representing Barnett and Pho in the lawsuit seems unimpressed with LaBeouf’s semi-accountability. In a statement sent to USA Today, the lawyer outlines what the claimaints hope to gain from filing suit; “Shia LaBoeuf has abused Ms. Barnett, Ms.Pho and others. We tried to resolve this matter privately on the condition that Mr. LaBeouf agree to receive meaningful and consistent psychological treatment. Since he was unwilling to agree to get appropriate help, Ms. Barnett filed this suit to prevent others from unknowingly suffering similar abuse by him.”