Shia LaBeouf Addresses Drunken, Racist Rant at Cops

By Bryan Le 07/17/17

The actor took to social media to issue an apologetic statement about his recent arrest for public drunkenness, and his desire to get sober. 

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Shia LaBeouf attends the 'Lawless' Photocall during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 19, 2012 in Cannes, France.
The actor aired his embarrassment on Twitter.

Shia LaBeouf released a public Twitter apology for his belligerence towards the Georgia police officers who arrested him last Saturday for public drunkenness.

The 31-year-old actor was caught on video verbally lashing out at a black officer, telling another officer that the black officer was going to hell because he was “a black man who arrested me for being white in a city that don’t have nothing to do with none of it.”

In footage of the arrest, LaBeouf questioned a black arresting officer why he would arrest him for a president and a police force that “doesn’t give a f--- about you,” and mused about the racial motivations behind his arrest.

“So you wanna arrest, what, white people who give a f--- who ask for cigarettes? I came up trying to be nice, you stupid b----,” LaBeouf said on camera, among other things. “I got more millionaire lawyers than you know what to do with, you stupid b----.”

Police say the incident started with the Transformers star being refused a cigarette by a stranger.

“He became disorderly, using profanities and vulgar language in front of the women and children present,” reads a police report. “He was told to leave the area and refused, becoming aggressive toward the officer. When the officer attempted to place LaBeouf under arrest, LaBeouf ran to a nearby hotel. LaBeouf was arrested in the hotel lobby, where his disorderly behavior continued.”

After sobering up, LaBeouf seemed to want to make nice. He released a public apology from his Twitter account:

“I am deeply ashamed of my behavior and make no excuses for it. I don’t know if these statements are too frequent, or not shared often enough, but I am certain that my actions warrant a very sincere apology to the arresting officers, and I am grateful for their restraint. The severity of my behavior is not lost on me.

My outright disrespect for authority is problematic to say the least, and completely destructive to say the worst,” he wrote. “It is a new low. A low I hope is the bottom. I have been struggling with addiction publicly for too long, and I am actively taking steps toward securing my sobriety and hope I can be forgiven for my mistakes.”

LaBeouf—arrested for disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and obstruction—was released on a $7,000 bond. The actor has a long history of battling alcohol addiction, having previously checked into a Hollywood rehab after drunken antics at a Broadway show.

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