Shia LaBeouf Receiving Treatment for Alcohol Addiction
After yet another bizarre public outburst last week that resulted in being arrested for disorderly conduct and harassment, Shia LaBeouf is receiving outpatient treatment for alcohol addiction.
What Went Wrong?
While taking in a Broadway performance of Cabaret last weekend at Studio 54, the Transformers star was reportedly drunk and disruptive. Sources claim that he lit up a cigarette and yelled at the actors on stage. After being kicked out during intermission, he reportedly spat and cursed in the direction of the police officer escorting him out, while also asking him “do you know who the f*ck I am?” LaBeouf was held overnight and then released on his recognizance.
Initial reports claimed that LaBeouf had voluntarily checked into a rehab facility, but his rep confirmed that he is only receiving outpatient treatment. A statement said, “he understands that these recent actions are a symptom of a larger health problem and he has taken the first of many necessary steps towards recovery.”
A Pattern of Alcohol-Fueled Bad Behavior
Throughout his career, the former Disney child star has been embroiled in legal drama and controversy. He was arrested in Los Angeles in February 2005 and charged with assault with a deadly weapon after repeatedly driving into his neighbor’s car and later waving a kitchen knife at his front door. In November 2007, he was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing after refusing to leave a Walgreens in Chicago.
Some of his previous legal woes were also alcohol-related. In 2008, he was arrested for misdemeanor drunk driving after refusing a breathalyzer test at the scene of a car accident he was involved in. LaBeouf had his license suspended for one year as a result. The actor was then on the losing end of a bar brawl in February 2011, which resulted in him being punched in the face by an unnamed patron. Both he and the man were questioned by police, but no charges were filed.
After his short film HowardCantour.com was exposed last December for plagiarizing the work of comic book artist Dan Clowes, his behavior has become increasingly bizarre. LaBeouf’s performance piece at a Los Angeles art gallery last February, titled #IAMSORRY, involved him crying and then sitting with a paper bag over his head which read, “I am not famous anymore.” LaBeouf wore the same paper bag on the red carpet earlier that month during the Berlin Film Festival.