The singer has accused the actor of "relentless abuse."

By Isabel Jones
Dec 11, 2020 @ 1:16 pm
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Singer FKA twigs has filed a lawsuit against her ex-boyfriend, actor Shia LaBeouf, citing instances of sexual battery, assault, and infliction of emotional distress. 

The musician, who was with LaBeouf for just under a year, detailed an incident around February 2019 in which her then-boyfriend drove recklessly while she was in the passenger seat and threatened to crash the car unless she told him she loved him. 

This was at the tail end of a trip marked by discord. In the suit, she said she’d woken up in the middle of the night to LaBeouf choking her.LaBeouf, who is also facing similar allegations of abuse from another ex-girlfriend, shared a statement via email with The New York Times. “I’m not in any position to tell anyone how my behavior made them feel,” he wrote.“I have no excuses for my alcoholism or aggression, only rationalizations,” the actor continued. “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 told NYT that in filing this lawsuit she hoped “to raise awareness on the tactics that abusers use to control you and take away your agency.”

The singer accused LaBeouf of myriad wrongdoings, citing “relentless abuse,” and noting that he had rules about the number of times per day she was to kiss and touch him. 

She said she tried to leave in months that followed the February incident, but LaBeouf “violently grabbed” her and locked her in a room. 

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

“What I went through with Shia was the worst thing I’ve ever been through in the whole of my life,” Twigs admitted. “I don’t think people would ever think that it would happen to me. But I think that’s the thing. It can happen to anybody.”

If you are experiencing domestic violence, The National Domestic Violence Hotline allows you to confidentially speak with trained advocates online or by phone (800-799-7233).