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Shia LaBeouf vows to disappear from 'all public life' via his Twitter account

Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox posing at the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen press conference in Paris.
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Shia LaBeouf tweeted on Friday morning that he is planning to "retire from all public life" after being accused of plagiarism by American screenwriter and cartoonist Daniel Clowes, according to The Huffington Post on Jan. 10.

The "Transformers" star was criticized last December for allegedly plagiarizing Daniel Clowes' 2007 comic "Justin M. Damiano" and turning it into his new short film.

According to BuzzFeed, LaBeouf lifted the narration "liberally" and "without attribution", and Jacket Copy from the Los Angeles Times stated that LaBeouf literally copied the short film's narration word-for-word from the comic.

LaBeouf released his directorial debut short film to the Internet on December 17, 2013, but later removed the film after bloggers noted more than one similarity to the "Ghost World" creator's comic "Justin M. Damiano".

He followed up the removal of his short film with several apologies on his Twitter account, claiming that he didn't mean to copy Clowes' comic, but was instead inspired by Clowes and “got lost in the creative process".

Clowes responded, saying that he has never spoken to or met "Mr. LaBeouf" and that he "actually can't imagine what was going through his mind".

LaBeouf has since come under fire for plagiarizing his own apologies from a 2010 Yahoo post, and possibly plagiarizing some of his other works, including his next project "Daniel Boring", a direct reference to another Clowes' comic "David Boring".

In a January 2014 interview with "Bleeding Cool" writer Rich Johnston, LaBeouf actually stated that "he saw copyright laws as too restrictive and that it did not allow for ideas to flow freely".

Clowes' attorney has since issued a cease-and-desist letter to LaBeouf's attorney. LaBeouf's response to the letter was a tweet on Friday stating that "in light of the recent attacks" against his "artistic integrity", he is "retiring from all public life".

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