British singer-songwriter, FKA Twigs has sued her ex-boyfriend, actor Shia LaBeouf for allegedly abusing her physically and infecting her with an STD during their relationship.
The pair dated between 2018 and 2019.
The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles, on Friday accuses the American actor of sexual battery, assault, and infliction of emotional distress.
The singer-songwriter cited multiple incidents of abuse in her lawsuit. She claims Shia once slammed her against a car and attempted to strangle her. She also claims while they were driving he pulled a pistol out and claimed he had killed stray dogs before because he wanted to know what it felt like to take a life, so he could get in the mindset of a killer
In the lawsuit, Shia was referred to as paranoid and jealous. Twigs said he would reprimand her if she didn’t give him a specific amount of kisses and would sleep with guns because he feared gang members were after him.
In addition, FKA Twigs said she contracted an STD in 2019 after he knowingly gave her an STD. She claims Shia confessed to having a flare-up but covering it with makeup.
According to her, there’s at least one other woman who contracted an STD from the actor.
“What I went through with Shia was the worst thing I’ve ever been through in the whole of my life,” she said. “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.”
Twigs stated that she filed the lawsuit to warn other women that “Shia LaBeouf hurts women,” and not because she wants money.
FKA Twigs is suing for unspecified damages and plans to donate a significant portion of any monetary damages to domestic violence charities.
Shia LaBeouf responded to the lawsuit and said many of the allegations are false. However, he admitted that he’s currently in a 12-step program and urges anyone to air out their grievances over any harm he may have caused when he was struggling with alcohol addiction.
Shia told the NYT, “Although many of these allegations are not true. I am not in the position to defend any of my actions. 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 continues, “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.”
Finally saying, “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.”