FKA Twigs Shia LaBeouf

FKA twigs and Shia LaBeouf. Image via Instagram @okmagazine

FKA twigs sues ‘Transformers’ star Shia LaBeouf for abuse

Australian singer Sia tweeted her support for FKA twigs, calling the ‘Transformers’ star a ‘pathological liar’ who conned her into an ‘adulterous relationship’.

FKA Twigs Shia LaBeouf

FKA twigs and Shia LaBeouf. Image via Instagram @okmagazine

British singer-songwriter Tahliah Debrett Barnett, stage name FKA twigs, filed a lawsuit against her ex-boyfriend Hollywood actor Shia LaBeouf for sexual battery, assault and infliction of emotional distress at the Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday 11 December.

Twigs and LaBeouf first met in 2018 when she joined the cast of Honey Boy, but didn’t start dating until after filming wrapped.


The lawsuit aired a few of FKA twigs’ alleged abusive experiences with the 34-year-old Transformers actor whom she was in a relationship with for nearly a year.

According to New York Times, LaBeouf was recklessly driving towards Los Angeles after Valentine’s Day in 2019, removing his seatbelt and threatening to crash the car unless she professed her love for him.

The then couple were returning from the desert where she said he had raged at her throughout the trip and even once woke her up in the middle of the night choking her. 

After begging to be let out of the car, he pulled over at a gas station. She took her bags from the trunk, but LaBeouf followed her and assaulted her, throwing her against the car while screaming at her and then forcing her back into the car. This incident was at the heart of the lawsuit. 


According to OK! Magazine, FKA twigs also claims that LaBeouf not only knowingly transmitted an STD to her and didn’t inform her before they became intimate, but he allegedly even covered it up with makeup.

SHIA LABEOUF: ‘I have a history of hurting the people closest to me’

Shia LaBeouf responded to the claims by acknowledging his alcoholism and aggression and admitting to hurting the people closest to him.

“I have no excuses for my alcoholism or aggression, only rationalizations. I have been abusive to myself and everyone around me for years. I have a history of hurting the people closest to me. I’m ashamed of that history and am sorry to those I hurt. There is nothing else I can really say,” he said to The New York Times. 

He added that he is now sober and in a 12-step programme.

In LaBeouf’s first public appearance in Los Angeles on Sunday 13 December since FKA twigs filed the lawsuit, he was seen wearing a mask with “Love Me Like You Hate Me” printed on it.

The mask is a piece of merchandise from the NSFW short-film music video LaBeouf and Margaret Qualley shot for Rainsford’s song with that title.


In her lawsuit, the 32-year-old FKA twigs stated that she plans on donating a portion of any monetary damages received to domestic violence charities as she knows it is expensive to get out of an abusive relationship. 

“What I went through with Shia was the worst thing I’ve ever been through in the whole of my life,” she said. “I don’t think people would ever think that it would happen to me. But I think that’s the thing. It can happen to anybody,” she told The New York Times. 


After FKA twigs filed the lawsuit, Australian singer and songwriter Sia  took to Twitter and said she was also “hurt emotionally” by LaBeouf, who starred in the music video for her 2015 song Elastic Heart, and called him a “pathological liar”.

She went on to say that she was also emotionally hurt by the Honey Boy star and conned into an adulterous relationship as he claimed to be single. She ended by saying she believes he is very sick and she has compassion for him and his victims. 

FKA twigs replied to Sia’s tweet saying that this is why she had to share her story and that they need to support each other.

In another post, Sia said that sharing her experience was “very courageous” and that she is proud of FKA twigs. 

FKA Twigs responded saying “love you back” and calling Sia an “inspiration”.