Shia LaBeouf’s Art Performance Collaborators Defend Actor’s Rape Claim


Shia LaBeouf’s collaborators have defended the actor after he alleged he was raped during an art installation earlier this year.

The Fury star hit headlines in February by becoming the centerpiece of a five-day exhibition in Los Angeles titled #IAmSorry, during which visitors could sit opposite him at a table and do whatever they wanted while he wore a paper bag emblazoned with the words ‘I am not famous anymore’ over his head.

Last week, the actor courted controversy once again by claiming that during Valentine’s Day a woman attacked him, shortly before his girlfriend Mia Goth was due to visit the gallery.

During an email interview with Dazed & Confused magazine, he writes, “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, then walked out with her lipstick smudged to her awaiting boyfriend, who I image was quite hurt by it. All this happened in front of hundreds of people. It was really terrible…”

Now two people who worked with LaBeouf for his #IAmSorry performance have come forward to the defend the actor, and are seemingly backing up his accusations of rape.

Artist Nastja Sade Ronkko took to Twitter on Sunday and wrote, “A couple of important clarifications about our #IAMSORRY project earlier this year: 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.”

Their other collaborator, Luke Turner, took it upon himself to call out British newsman Piers Morgan, who blasted LaBeouf on Friday, insisting the actor should be ashamed of himself for making the claims.

Turner responded to Morgan directly on Twitter, and wrote, “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.”

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