Singer, songwriter and dancer Tahliah Debrett Barnett known professionally as FKA Twigs has sued her ex-boyfriend, Shia LaBeouf, accusing the actor of sexual battery, assault and infliction of emotional distress, according to the New York Times and Variety.
The musician, who filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, and the actor had dated for about one year in 2018 and 2019.
The lawusuit states, “Shia LaBeouf hurts women. He uses them. He abuses them, both physically and mentally. He is dangerous.”
Shia once slammed the musician against a car and attempted to strangle her, according to the lawsuit, which also alleges he once pulled out a gun, telling her he had killed stray dogs, so that he could practice getting into the mindset of a killer.
“For too long, LaBeouf has sought to excuse his reprehensible actions as the eccentricities of a free-thinking ‘artist. Even though his history of violent behavior was well-documented, many in the media have treated LaBeouf as a harmless figure of fun, which has helped enable him to perpetuate his cycle of abuse of women over the years. There is nothing funny about the exploitation of and battering of women.”
In today’s lawsuit, FKA Twigs, lay out a slew of horrific allegations.
The two met after working together on “Honey Boy,” and soon entered into a “tumultuous relationship,” according to the suit, which says the musician’s life became a “living nightmare” after Shia had engaged in “grooming gradually gaining Tahliah’s trust and confidence with the intent of abusing her.”
Shia responded with a statement: “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.”