Much like Johnny Depp was dropped from Fantastic Beasts 3, Shia LaBeouf has been axed from a possible upcoming MCU role due to abuse allegations. In early December, talented singer and actress FKA Twigs came forward with a sexual battery lawsuit against the former Transformer’s star whom she had previously dated. Her testimony brought to light his toxic and abusive behaviour, much of which has now been corroborated by other women.
Singer Sia quickly followed suit, showing her support by tweeting, “I too have been hurt emotionally by Shia, a pathological liar, who conned me into an adulterous relationship claiming to be single.” Songwriter Katy Rose, who says she grew up with LaBeouf when they were both children in the same entertainment business circles, also came forward with her own claim, posting on Twitter that when she was 14 years old, “He groped me violently at a party in the Hollywood Hills.”
A recent Variety report revealed, “Before the lawsuit, Hollywood seemed to be willing to put LaBeouf’s past behaviour in the rear-view mirror. Following the success of Honey Boy, Marvel was even eying LaBeouf for a superhero role, according to reports that surfaced as recently as this summer.”
Honey Boy director, Alma Har’el, who collaborated closely with LaBeouf in telling his childhood story, also issued a statement supporting FKA Twigs, “Like many of Shia’s collaborators and fans who battled substance abuse, suffered childhood trauma and face mental illness,” Ha’rel said in a statement. “I am painfully aware of my past investment in his recovery. I want to send a clear message today that none of the above should excuse, minimize, or rationalize domestic violence.”
This may spell the beginning of the end for LeBeouf, who is rumoured to have lost many roles due to his historically erratic, and now allegedly abusive, behaviour. The actor’s next film, Pieces of a Woman, is set to release on Netflix on January 7th.