Warning: This article contains descriptions of alleged assault.
FKA twigs has filed a lawsuit against her ex-boyfriend, Shia LaBeouf, over allegations of sexual battery, assault, and infliction of emotional distress. According to The New York Times, the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, accuses the actor of “relentless” physical and emotional abuse, including one incident in 2019 in which LaBeouf allegedly assaulted her outside of a gas station in California during a road trip. twigs also claims that the actor knowingly gave her a sexually transmitted disease.
“I’d like to be able to raise awareness on the tactics that abusers use to control you and take away your agency,” FKA twigs told The Times. “What I went through with Shia was the worst thing I’ve ever been through in the whole of my life. 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.”
LaBeouf responded to the allegations in several emails to The 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. 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.”
He also claimed that “many of these allegations are not true,” but that he owed twigs and Karolyn Pho, a stylist who previously dated LeBeouf and also detailed similarly abusive behavior, “the opportunity to air their statements publicly and accept accountability for those things [he has] done.” He added: “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.”
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