In a tweet from his account on Jan. 10, Shia LaBeouf has announced his retirement “from public life.” The announcement comes without much in the way of an explanation and was reported on Yahoo! Movie News on Jan. 10.
Here is what the tweet said specifically:
“In light of the recent attacks against my artistic integrity, I am retiring from all public life.”
It was followed by another tweet moments later:
“My love goes out to those who have supported me.”
That’s it. There was nothing more in the way of a serious explanation to fans and followers. We can only assume the reference to his “artistic integrity” have to do with his December woes.
In December, the media caught wind of allegations that LaBeouf had plagiarized a short film “HowardCantour.com” that he was passing off as his own. It had apparently been lifted, in some places, word for word, from the 2007 comic entitled “Justin M. Damiano” written by Daniel Clowes who created “Ghost World.”
LaBeouf issued an apology saying he “f—ked up” and the former Disney star had hopes of working out an arrangement that would give Clowes his due credit. The apology backfired when it was discovered that part of the text of the apology had been lifted from a Yahoo! Answers post.
Since then, the 27-year-old actor has been using Twitter to make regular plagiarized apology posts. He even shared the contents of a cease-and-desist letter his attorney, Brian Wolf, received from Clowes attorney.
“Brian, your client is seriously out of control. He must stop his improper and outlandish directed at Mr. Clowes, and your client must take all necessary and appropriate steps to redress his wrongs.”
There has been no comment for the actor’s reps on his “retirement.” His next film will be Lars von Trier’s sex addiction drama “Nymphomaniac.” After that, who knows?
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