Not appearing in the latest Transformers blockbuster which just opened to more than $100 million in the US is the least of Shaya LaBeouf’s problems.
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The rock band The Clash had a hit song more than thirty years ago called, ‘I Fought the Law and the Law Won.” Well Shia LaBeouf continues to lose his fights with the law.
Just last Thursday the downwardly spiraling star of the first three Transformers movies was forcibly removed from a Broadway theater in New York in the middle of a performance of the musical Cabaret. Mr. LaBeouf was seen being escorted out of the Studio 54 Theater in handcuffs by the NYPD.
Apparently he had disrupted the performance by shouting, using obscene language and then became belligerent with the theater’s security guards when they asked him to leave. As if all that was not enough, the 28 year old actor also began to smoke; even though, everyone knows that smoking is now illegal in all public places in all of New York State.
When under arrest he reportedly yelled at the police officers saying, “f*** you! Do you know who the f*** I am?”
LaBeouf was formally arraigned in a New York court on Friday on five counts including, disorderly conduct, trespass and harassment. He did not enter a plea at that time and was released on his own recognizance.
Scott Gorenstein, a spokesperson for Liza Minelli who starred in the movie of Cabaret, said that he sent LaBeouf a DVD of the film joking that the actor might want to know how it ends.
Now it has been reported that the actor also tried to steal a bag of McDonalds’ food from a homeless man just hours before what happened in the theater.
As if all this isn’t enough, a video has surfaced which shows LaBeouf attempting to goad a man who was unknown to him into a street fight in front of a Manhattan strip club a week before his arrest.
This is not the first time that LaBeouf has gotten into trouble with the law. In February 2005, he was arrested by police in Los Angeles and charged with assault with a deadly weapon after threatening his neighbor by driving into his car. In November, 2007 he was arrested for trespassing in Chicago after refusing to leave a Walgreens supermarket when told to do so by security.
In the summer of 2008 LaBeouf was charged with drunk driving and had his license suspended for a year.
Last year LaBeouf was accused of plagiarizing Justin M. Damiano, a 2007 comic by Ghost World creator Dan Clowes, for his own short film which he had released on line. The actor later removed the movie from the Internet without admitting wrongdoing.
Born in Los Angeles, Shaya LaBeouf got his start as a child actor appearing on America’s Disney cable channel. His breakout role came when he was only nineteen years old starring in the first of three Transformers movies that were all international blockbusters.
He was then cast by Steven Spielberg to play Indiana Jones’ son in 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.