In a series of emails made public this week, Shia LaBeouf told a reporter he was raped by a woman who attended his performance art show last year while his girlfriend waited in line outside.
The revelation was part of a feature in this month’s Dazed, where Shia LaBeouf and a reporter conducted an hour-long “silent” video interview with GoPros strapped to their head in an apparent homage toLaBeouf ‘s “#IAMSORRY” art show last February.
The piece ran alongside an actual interview, conducted via email, that LaBeouf also uploaded—reportedly “unedited”—on his website.
At one point the reporter asks Shia LaBeouf about #IAMSORRY—his response to a series of plagiarism allegations that saw him sitting alone in a room with a bag over his head labeled, “I am not famous anymore.”
Attendees were invited to do whatever they wanted to him and according to Shia LaBeouf, one women took that directive disturbingly far:
“One woman who came with her boyfriend, who was outside the door when this happened,whipped my legs for 10 minutes and then striped my clothing and proceeded to rape me,” LaBeouf wrote in an email. “Then walked out with her lipstick smudged to her awaiting boyfriend, who I imagine was quite hurt by it. All this happened in front of hundreds of people.”
It’s not clear how word “travelled through the line” (most attendees exited through the back of the gallery, away from the crowds, which were packed full of reporters) but LaBeouf said his girlfriend found out immediately.
“Yea it was no good. Not just for me but her man as well. On top of that my girl was in line to come see me because it was Valentines Day & I was living in the gallery sleeping in a sleeping bag for the duration of the event – we were separated for 5 days, no communication so it really hurt her as well as I guess the news of it traveled through the line. She was only about 25 people back,” LaBeouf wrote in the email. “All encounters were one person at a time but there were hundreds of people in line when she walked out with disheveled hair and smudged lipstick.”
Shia LaBeouf was reportedly dating his Nymphomaniac co-star Mia Goth at the time.
“”When she came in she asked for an explanation, and I couldn’t speak, so we both sat with this unexplained trauma silently” LaBoeuf said. “It was painful. The hardest part of the show. It fucked our Valentines Day.”