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FKA Twigs says Shia LaBeouf ‘bragged about shooting stray dogs’

FKA twigs has shared more shocking details of the abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of her ex, Shia LaBeouf, while revealing that the actor used to brag about shooting stray dogs to get in ‘character’ for his ‘art.’

In December, the 33-year-old British singer filed a lawsuit against LaBeouf, accusing him of sexual battery.

And this month, she has granted a candid interview to Elle magazine, where she opens up about the actor’s troubling history of animal abuse and says, ‘It’s a miracle I came out alive.’

Opening up: In the new issue of Elle, FKA twigs has shared more shocking details of the abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of her ex, Shia LaBeouf

Lawsuit: In December, the 33-year-old British singer filed a lawsuit against LaBeouf, accusing him of sexual battery

Lawsuit: In December, the 33-year-old British singer filed a lawsuit against LaBeouf, accusing him of sexual battery

Killing: She has now revealed that he used to 'shamelessly brag' about shooting stray dogs, claiming it helped him 'get into character' for his role in the 2020 film The Tax Collector

Killing: She has now revealed that he used to ‘shamelessly brag’ about shooting stray dogs, claiming it helped him ‘get into character’ for his role in the 2020 film The Tax Collector

The former couple met in the summer of 2018 on the set of Honey Boy and dated for less than a year.

Opening up about their relationship, FKA twigs recalled LaBeouf’s violence against animals, which he appeared to feel no guilt over.

She said that he would ‘shamelessly brag’ about shooting stray dogs, claiming it helped him ‘get into character’ for his role in the 2020 film The Tax Collector.

Twigs confronted him about it, but LaBeouf managed to turn her into the villain — a classic abuser tactic.

‘I said to him, “That’s really bad. Why are you doing that?”‘ she recalled.

‘And he was like, “Because I take my art seriously. You’re not supporting me in my art. This is what I do. It’s different from singing. I don’t just get up on a stage and do a few moves. I’m in the character.” 

‘He made me feel bad, like I didn’t understand what it was like to be an actor or to do this…Method [acting technique],’ she said. 

Traumatic: The former couple met in the summer of 2018 on the set of Honey Boy and dated for less than a year

Traumatic: The former couple met in the summer of 2018 on the set of Honey Boy and dated for less than a year

Secret: Twigs' lawsuit covers several instances of abuse and violence, including the allegation that LaBeouf purposefully hid his STD from her — allowing her to get infected

Secret: Twigs’ lawsuit covers several instances of abuse and violence, including the allegation that LaBeouf purposefully hid his STD from her — allowing her to get infected

Twigs’ lawsuit covers several instances of abuse and violence, including the ‘love bombing’ her ex used to manipulate her and woo her over, especially in the beginning.

Speaking to Elle, she said that LaBeouf was already professing his love a week or two into their relationship, and when they hit a rough patch, he sent her up to 20 bouquets of flowers a day — something she describes as ‘really aggressive love.’ 

Manipulation tactics like that, she said, are how even strong women can find themselves in abusive relationships.

‘People wouldn’t think that it would happen to a woman like me. The biggest misconception is, “Well, you’re smart. If it was that bad, why didn’t you leave?” she said, but added: ‘It can happen to anyone.’

‘If you put a frog in a boiling pot of water, that frog is going to jump out straightaway,’ she went on. ‘Whereas if you put a frog in cool water and heat it up slowly, that frog is going to boil to death. That was my experience being with [LaBeouf].’ 

As their relationship progressed, LaBeouf’s abuse escalated, especially after they moved in together in October 2018.

She recalled how he would keep her from sleeping, waking her up in the middle of the night to accuse her of various made-up offenses, like masturbating next to him or secretly plotting to leave him, all while she has been fast asleep.

Shia LeBeouf has 'denied each and every' assault allegation by his FKA twigs - and wants her to pay his legal costs after she accused him of 'relentless abuse'

‘I’ve woken up to him strangling me multiple times. I’ve not been able to breathe at his hands,’ she said 

‘I’ve woken up to him strangling me multiple times. I’ve not been able to breathe at his hands,’ she said. 

‘He made me feel like I wasn’t allowed joy, basically. That’s what it boils down to: I wasn’t allowed joy unless it directly revolved around him,’ she added.  

He’d also make her watch true-crime documentaries about murdered women despite her protests and forced her to sleep naked. She previously told Gayle King on CBS This Morning: ‘He would only want me to sleep naked because he said if I didn’t, I was keeping myself from him.’

The actor even kept a loaded gun by their bed, and 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.

‘I thought to myself, “If he shoots me, and then if there is some sort of investigation, they will put the pieces together. I need to leave little clues,”‘ she told Elle. 

And while she kept the incidents private from the public, there were people who knew about it: members of LaBeouf’s team, who effectively shrugged their shoulders.

‘There [were] people who have worked with Shia that I openly spoke to about the abuse that I was going through,’ she told Elle. ‘The reaction that I got [from his team] was pretty much, “Okay. Well, it’s Sundance.”‘

They knew: And while she kept the incidents private from the public, there were people who knew about it: members of LaBeouf's team, who effectively shrugged their shoulders

They knew: And while she kept the incidents private from the public, there were people who knew about it: members of LaBeouf’s team, who effectively shrugged their shoulders

'There [were] people who have worked with Shia that I openly spoke to about the abuse that I was going through,' she told Elle

‘There [were] people who have worked with Shia that I openly spoke to about the abuse that I was going through,’ she told Elle

'The reaction that I got [from his team] was pretty much, "Okay. Well, it’s Sundance,"' she said

‘The reaction that I got [from his team] was pretty much, “Okay. Well, it’s Sundance,”‘ she said

Twigs filed her lawsuit in Los Angeles in early December, sending shockwaves through Hollywood.

The lawsuit says LaBeouf initially showed ‘over-the-top displays of affection’ towards her, but he soon started insisting on rules, including how many times she had to show affection to him in a day.  

The singer also says 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.  

Shia LeBeouf responds to allegations: 

‘I owe these women the opportunity to air their statements publicly and accept accountability for those thing I have done. As someone in recovery, I have to face almost daily reminders of things I did say and do when I was drinking.

‘It has always been easy for me to accept responsibility when my behavior reflects poorly on myself, but it’s much harder to accept the knowledge that I may have caused great pain to others. I can’t rewrite history. I can only accept it and work to be better in the future. I write this as a sober member of a twelve-step program and in therapy for my many failings. 

‘I am not cured of my PTSD and alcoholism, but I am committed to doing what I need to do to recover, and I will forever be sorry to the people that I may have harmed along the way.’ 

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 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. 

The lawsuit also details how LaBeouf started isolating her to the extent hat 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 being delayed several times and her tour being rescheduled. 

The suit also alleges that LaBeouf purposefully hid his STD from her, allowing her to get infected. The actor allegedly even used makeup to cover up the evidence of the disease, but by March 2019, twigs was experiencing symptoms and went to her doctor, who confirmed that she’d been infected.  

Twigs said she eventually started seeing a therapist who helped her plan her exit. 

She was packing to leave in the spring of 2019 when LaBeouf came to the house and allegedly ‘violently grabbed’ her in front of the housekeeper. He locked her in a room and screamed at her, the lawsuit says. 

In a statement to the New York Times, LaBeouf said many of the allegations ‘are not true’ but he isn’t in a position to ‘defend any of my actions.’

He blamed his alcoholism and PTSD.

‘I owe these women the opportunity to air their statements publicly and accept accountability for those thing I have done. As someone in recovery, I have to face almost daily reminders of things I did say and do when I was drinking,’ he said.

‘It has always been easy for me to accept responsibility when my behavior reflects poorly on myself, but it’s much harder to accept the knowledge that I may have caused great pain to others. I can’t rewrite history. I can only accept it and work to be better in the future. I write this as a sober member of a twelve-step program and in therapy for my many failings.

‘I am not cured of my PTSD and alcoholism, but I am committed to doing what I need to do to recover, and I will forever be sorry to the people that I may have harmed along the way.’

Legally, however, he completely denied the singer’s claims, saying he ‘denies, generally and specifically, each and every allegation contained in [twigs]’s Complaint, denies that [twigs] has sustained any injury or loss by reason of any act or omission on the part of [LaBeouf], and denies that [twigs] is entitled to any relief or damages whatsoever,’ according to legal documents obtained by People

His lawyers added that ‘none of the acts alleged were based on sex and/or the conduct was not sexual’ as they try to get the sexual battery allegations dismissed.

LeBeouf’s team has said they want twigs to pay his legal costs as well as ‘further relief as the Court may deem just and proper.’ 

'He brought me so low, below myself, that the idea of leaving him and having to work myself back up just seemed impossible,' twigs said

‘He brought me so low, below myself, that the idea of leaving him and having to work myself back up just seemed impossible,’ twigs said

Last week, it was reported that LaBeouf has ‘parted ways’ with his agent while receiving care at a residential treatment facility.

It’s understood that he has ceased working with the Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Insiders told Variety that CAA haven’t been working with the actor for around a month but they haven’t fired him.   

Meanwhile, twigs said she never reported LeBeouf to police because she initially feared it would harm her career and then because she thought authorities wouldn’t take it seriously.

‘I just thought to myself, no one is ever going to believe me,’ she told the Times. 

‘The whole time I was with him, I could have bought myself a business-flight plane ticket back to my four-story townhouse in Hackney,’ she went on. 

‘He brought me so low, below myself, that the idea of leaving him and having to work myself back up just seemed impossible. What I went through with Shia was the worst thing I’ve ever been through in the whole of my life.’


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