Shia LaBeouf and his new girlfriend Margaret Qualley enjoyed a romantic hike in the Hollywood Hills on Christmas – after his attorney recently revealed that he is entering rehab following the sexual battery lawsuit filed by his ex-girlfriend FKA Twigs.
As the duo walked hand-in-hand, the troubled actor, 36, appeared in high spirits as he displayed his budding love for the 26-year-old daughter of Andie MacDowell.
For their outing, he wore a blue graphic t-shirt, grey shorts and sunglasses, while the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star rocked jeans, a white tee and a baseball cap.
Holding hands: Shia LaBeouf and his new girlfriend Margaret Qualley enjoyed a romantic hike in the Hollywood Hills on Christmas
Unlike her man, who opted against wearing a mask, Qualley kept her nose and mouth covered amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The two have been practically inseparable since their relationship went public with a PDA session after LaBeouf picked Qualley up at LAX Airport on Saturday.
Things seem to be going well for the pair despite the circumstances as they chatted away and enjoyed some fresh air.
Complicated: LaBeouf and his Qualley seen picking up some food to go amid rumors that he is seeking long-term treatment following abuse allegations from his ex FKA Twigs
Lunch date: The couple enjoyed lunch after their hike as they sat side-by-side in a parking lot
Chatting away: They seemed lost in conversation as they fueled up
On Thursday it was revealed by Labeouf’s attorney that he is entering rehab, and it has also been claimed he was fired by Olivia Wilde from her new movie and replaced by Harry Styles because of his ‘off-putting attitude.’
LaBeouf, 34, is already being sued by ex-girlfriend FKA twigs who claims he knowingly infected her with an STD and relentlessly abused her.
Since she filed court papers earlier this month, the singer Sia has also come forward to accuse LaBeouf of ‘conning’ her into an adulterous relationship with him. She called him a ‘pathological liar.’
Incognito: Qualley wore a white t-shirt with an eagle on it, which she paired with light-wash jeans and sneakers
Fresh air: As the duo walked hand-in-hand, the troubled actor, 36, appeared in high spirits as he displayed his budding love for the 26-year-old daughter of Andie Macdowell
Causal: For their outing, he wore a blue graphic t-shirt, grey shorts and sunglasses, while the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star rocked jeans, a white tee and a baseball cap
The songwriter Katy Rose has also alleged that he ‘groped’ her ‘violently’ at a party in the Hollywood Hills once and stylist Karolyn Pho joined Twigs’ lawsuit.
Rough year: Labeouf’s attorney revealed on Thursday that he is actively looking for rehab facilities; seen in 2017
Questions also arose around his sudden departure from Olivia Wilde’s forthcoming movie, Don’t Worry Darling.
LaBeouf had been picked for a role but left the project before it began shooting and has been replaced by Harry Styles.
When Twigs came forward, Wilde publicly offered her support.
On Thursday, Variety published source claims that he was fired by Wilde because she has a ‘zero a**hole policy’ and his behavior was ‘off-putting’.
‘He is not an easy guy to work with,’ the source said.
LaBeouf’s attorney told Variety that they were looking for places for him to go to rehab.
‘Shia needs help and he knows that.
‘We are actively seeking the kind of meaningful, intensive, long-term inpatient treatment that he desperately needs.’
Olivia Wilde is said to have replaced LaBeouf in her new movie Don’t Worry Darling with Harry Styles. Sources say she has a ‘zero a**hole policy’
After Twigs filed her lawsuit, LaBeouf responded in an email to The New York Times saying: ‘I’m not in any position to tell anyone how my behavior made them feel.
‘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.’
Twigs claimed in her lawsuit that she had tried to settle with LaBeouf privately but that he refused.
His attorneys say that is not true and that he went to great lengths to settle.
In her lawsuit, Twigs alleges LaBeouf knowingly gave her an STD and abused her – both emotionally and physically – during their relationship.
The pair dated for less than a year before ending things in May 2019 with sources saying at the time the separation was down to her work schedule.
LaBeouf, 34, is already being sued by ex-girlfriend FKA twigs who claims he knowingly infected her with an STD and relentlessly abused her
In one incident detailed in the lawsuit, LaBeouf was allegedly speeding in Los Angeles in February 2019 when they were returning from a trip to the desert.
He removed his seat belt and threatened to crash the car unless she told him she loved him, the lawsuit says.
LaBeouf stopped at a gas station after twigs begged him to stop and let her out. When she removed her bags from the trunk, LaBeouf allegedly threw her against the car, screamed in her face and then forced her to get back in the vehicle.
Just prior to the gas station incident, twigs alleges she woke in the middle of the night to find the Transformers actor choking her.
Twigs said she first met LaBeouf in 2018 when she starred in the Honey Boy movie he wrote, and the pair started dating after they finished filming.
She said he eventually convinced her to stay in Los Angeles with him instead of moving back to London where she is from.
The lawsuit says LaBeouf initially showed ‘over-the-top displays of affection’ towards her but then he started insisting on rules, including how many times she had to show affection to him in a day.
She claims he forced her to sleep naked and that he kept a loaded gun by the bed. In the lawsuit, twigs claims she feared going to the bathroom at night in case he thought she was an intruder and fired the gun.
Speaking out: After Twigs filed her lawsuit, LaBeouf responded in an email to The New York Times saying: ‘I’m not in any position to tell anyone how my behavior made them feel; seen in 2017
The singer also says in the lawsuit that she later learned he didn’t like it if she spoke or even looked at male waiters. Twigs started keeping her eyes down when men spoke to her, the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit details how LaBeouf started isolating her so much that she started doubting her creative team and her manager couldn’t reach her.
It came around the time she was finishing her Magdalene record, which resulted in the album’s release having to be delayed several times and her tour rescheduled.
Twigs said she eventually started seeing a therapist who started helping her plan her exit.
She was packing to leave in spring 2019 when LaBeouf came to her house and allegedly ‘violently grabbed’ her in front of her housekeeper. He locked her in a room and screamed at her, the lawsuit says.
In an interview with the NYT, another one of LaBeouf’s ex-girlfriends, Karolyn Pho, described similar allegations related to her relationship with the actor.
She claims he pinned her to the bed while drunk and headbutted her until she bled.