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Shia LaBeouf recalls ‘devastating’ arrest: ‘I’m a fool’

Actor Shia LaBeouf got candid about his 2017 public drunkenness arrest, which he called “devastating.”

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Actor Shia LaBeouf got candid about his 2017 arrest in Georgia which he called “destructive,” he says, “f-ed up.”

LaBeouf was arrested on July 8, 2017, in Savannah, Georgia.

LaBeouf was “disorderly”, after asking a police officer and a bystander at an intersection for a cigarette.

“When LaBeouf was not given a cigarette, he was messy, using profanities and vulgar language for the women and children present,” authorities stated at the time in a police report. “He was told to leave the area and refused, aggressive in the direction of the agent.”

LaBeouf fled to a hotel when the officer tried to arrest him, and he was taken into custody in the lobby, police said.

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At a police station, LaBeouf was caught on camera telling a black police officer that he was “going straight to hell, straight to hell, bro.” LaBeouf later said that the man would go to hell “because he is a black man.”

LaBeouf apologized a few days after his arrest said he was “deeply ashamed” of his behavior.

LaBeouf opened up to Esquire for the magazine’s April issue and discussed the arrest.

“What went on in Georgia, it was terrible,” LaBeouf recalled. “White privilege and the despair and the disaster … It came from a place of self-centered deceit … It was me trying to absolve myself of guilt for being arrested. I f-ed up.”

“I’m a fool,” LaBeouf continued. “My public outbursts are failures. They are not strategic. They struggle motherf—er with his ass in front of the world.”

The ‘Transformers’ actor continued that he wanted to “look” at his “errors in the face for a while before he’s back to acting again.

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“I’ve been falling forward for a long time. The biggest part of my life. The truth is, in my despair, I lost the plot,” LaBeouf said.

The “Fury” star has had a string of arrests, including one in January 2017, where he was arrested outside New York’s Museum of the Moving Image, after he pulled a man scarf for scratching and pushing him. The assault and harassment charges were later dropped.

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