UPDATED, 5:10 PM with LaBeouf apology: Video footage of Shia LaBeouf’s arrest for drunkenness, disorderly conduct, and obstruction in Savannah, GA has surfaced and his behavior is less than cordial. While in custody at the police station, the actor can be seen and heard making racist remarks to a black police officer implying that he would be going to hell because of his skin color. He goes on to accuse the cops of being racist and arresting him for being white. His tirade continues towards a white officer, telling him that his wife looks at porn depicting “black d***”.
Days after his expletive-filled outburst, the American Honey actor took to Twitter to apologize saying “I am deeply ashamed of my behavior and make no excuses for it.” He adds, “My outright disrespect for authority is problematic to say the least, and completely destructive to say the worst. It is a new low.
This continues LaBeouf string of erratic behavior which can be traced back to 2014 (possibly even before that) when he announced he was retiring from public life and wore a paper bag on his head to the red carpet premiere of Nymphomaniac. Months later he was arrested for disorderly conduct during a performance of Cabaret. Following that was a cluster of incidents and stunts including a livestream of his own heartbeat, a very strange audition for War Dogs, which he reportedly did after spending the night in jail as well as an arrest for public intoxication in Austin. Earlier this year, he was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and harassment during an anti-Donald Trump rally.
PREVIOUSLY, (July 8, 2017): Shia LaBeouf, on location near Savannah, GA filming indie The Peanut Butter Falcon, was arrested early this morning and charged with obstruction, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.
The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office booking log indicates LaBeouf was arrested at 4 AM and placed on a $7,000 bond. He was released about seven hours later after posting the required $3,500.
According to the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police, officers arrested LaBeouf after the actor became disorderly at Savannah’s City Market:
Around 4:00 a.m., Shia LaBeouf, 31, approached a bystander and an SCMPD officer near the intersection of Barnard Street and West St. Julian Street, asking for a cigarette. When LaBeouf wasn’t given a cigarette, he became disorderly, using profanities and vulgar language in front of the women and children present. He was told to leave the area and refused, becoming aggressive toward the officer.
When the officer attempted to place LaBeouf under arrest, LaBeouf ran to a nearby hotel. LaBeouf was arrested in the hotel lobby, where his disorderly behavior continued.
LaBeouf was charged with obstruction, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness.
LaBeouf is filming The Peanut Butter Falcon with Dakota Johnson and Bruce Dern. Deadline has reached out to the film’s producer, Lucky Treehouse Production.
The Peanut Butter Falcon is described on the producers’ website as “an adventure story set in the world of a modern Mark Twain that begins when Zak (22), a young man with Down syndrome runs away from a nursing home where he lives to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler…”
LeBeouf plays Tyler, described by Lucky Treehouse as “a small time outlaw on the run” who “becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally.”
The film is being directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz, co-founders of Lucky Treehouse making their feature debuts.
LaBeouf was arrested earlier this year following an altercation at his “He Will Not Divide Us” art installation in New York, though the charges were later dropped. In 2014, he was arrested after disrupting a Broadway performance of Cabaret, and later sought treatment for alcohol abuse.
The City Market neighborhood, a popular historic and nightlife district, had already made national headlines this week after a late-night July 4th celebration ended in what police say was gang-related gunfire, resulting in a police chase and a car crash that left three people dead.