Actor Shia LaBeouf, whose most notable roles include portraying Henry "Mutt Williams" Jones III in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and the lead role in the first three “Transformers” movies was arrested on the evening of June 26 at New York City’s infamous Studio 54. LaBeouf was sitting in the audience at a live stage performance of “Cabaret” when police said he lit up a cigarette.
CNN quoted the NYPD as stating that “He was drunk and had been disruptive in the theater” and reportedly just being loud, yelling, and using obscene language. LaBeouf’s allegedly disruptive behavior occurred during the play’s first act.
Cops took the beleaguered actor away in cuffs. According to NYPD spokesperson Brian Sessa, the actor was arrested and charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.
Theatergoers thought that LaBeouf’s behavior was all part of a put on, and that the actor was getting in character for his next role. Witnesses on the scene said they saw him mingling with the other audience members, staggering around the theater in a torn shirt with a cigarette, and even feeding one female patron at the theater’s bar a strawberry by hand before tipping the bartender.
"He was brilliant," one woman said.
And this was only the latest in the former child star’s list of legal transgressions, which include a 2005 assault with a deadly weapon arrest in Los Angeles and a 2007 criminal trespassing arrest in Chicago. In 2008, a California arrest warrant was issued for him when he failed to appear in court on an unlawful smoking citation he received in Burbank. In 2013, the actor turned director was accused of plagiarizing a short film he released on the Internet.
In February, he started a performance art exhibit in Los Angeles titled #IAMSORRY, in which he apologizes for a litany of transgressions, while he wears a paper bag over his head.
The Associated Press reported that LaBeouf spent the night in city lockup, appeared in a Manhattan courtroom this morning and was then released. He was still reportedly wearing the same outfit from last night, “a ripped blue T-shirt, skinny jeans and boots,” when he walked from the courtroom to a nearby hotel surrounded by reporters.
The actor is scheduled to be back in court on July 24. For more on LaBeouf's latest arrest, see the video accompanying this article.