Shia LaBeouf’s Fellow Artists From #IAMSORRY Speak Out On Star’s Claims Of “Rape,” And Confirm His Statement, Highlight Hollywood News
Two artists who collaborated with the actor Shia LaBeouf on an art project titled #IAMSORRY are speaking out about his alleged rape during the performance earlier this year.
In an interview with Dazed magazine, LaBeouf wrote that a woman had raped him during one performance of the piece at a Los Angeles art gallery in February.
“One woman who came with her boyfriend, who was outside the door when this happened, whipped my legs for 10 minutes and then stripped my clothing and proceeded to rape me.”
His collaborators, British artist Luke Turner and Finnish artist Nastja Säde Rönkkö, said they had intervened as soon as they became aware of the incident and “put a stop to it”.
Both artists posted the same statements on Twitter on Sunday, which they described as “important clarifications” about the art project.
“Nowhere did we state that people could do whatever they wanted to Shia during #IAMSORRY.
“As soon as we were aware of the incident starting to occur, we put a stop to it and ensured that the woman left.”
Turner later provided more details of the incident after Piers Morgan asked him on Twitter why they had let the [alleged] rapist “just walk away.” The artist replied: “It wasn’t clear at the time precisely what had happened, & the 1st priority was to ensure everybody’s safety in the gallery …
“She ran out, rather than simply walking away. Beyond that, it’s not my place to comment.”
LaBeouf said that news of the incident “travelled through the line” of people waiting, and reached his girlfriend. He said: “When she came in she asked for an explanation, and I couldn’t speak, so we both sat with this unexplained trauma silently. It was painful.”
#IAMSORRY involved LaBeouf sitting silently behind a desk in a room in LA’s Cohen gallery with a paper bag bearing the legend “I am not famous anymore” over his head. For five days, members of the public queued to be able to sit alone with him in the room with a prop of their choice. Some of the encounters proved confrontational.