Shia LaBeouf Arrested at Broadway ‘Cabaret’ Performance

Shia LaBeouf Arrested
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Is Shia LaBeouf still #Sorry or just plain sorry?

On Thursday night, the 28-year-old actor was arrested at the Broadway musical “Cabaret” in New York for drunken behavior.

According to police, the “Transformers” star was smoking inside the Studio 54 theater and acting “loud and disruptive” during the first act of the Tony-nominated musical, which stars Michelle Williams and Alan Cumming. Law enforcement officials were notified and handcuffed the actor during intermission, escorting him out of the venue.

He was formally charged with two counts of disorderly conduct and one count of criminal trespassing in a Manhattan court on Friday before being released.

LaBeouf reportedly stood up in the middle of the “Cabaret” performance to yell at the actors onstage with a cigarette in his mouth. He was later seen crying outside the venue in handcuffs.

LaBeouf, who recently starred in Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac,” made headlines in February for his odd behavior at the Berlin Film Festival, where he wore a paper bag over his head featuring the words “I Am Not Famous Anymore.” The red carpet incident was accompanied by an art installation in L.A. dubbed #IAmSorry. It referred to his plagiarized short film, which got him in hot water with a comicbook writer, spurring several apologetic tweets and sky-messages over Los Angeles.

Whether the “Cabaret” incident was part of LaBeouf’s #IAmSorry campaign is unclear, but according to CBS2 in New York, two witnesses saw LaBeouf before the show looking distraught in a ripped shirt a block away from the theater. They said LaBeouf was chasing after a man who appeared to be homeless.

“Honestly, I wasn’t thinking of drunk or drugs,” one of the witnesses said. “I was thinking he was working on a role, because it was that extreme.”

Others speculated the actor’s arrest could be tied to Friday’s release of “Transformers: Age of Extinction.” LaBeouf, who rose to stardom with the first three “Transformers” films, left the blockbuster franchise in 2011 over creative differences with director Michael Bay and has been eager to disassociate himself from the pics.

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  1. Chad says:

    Caitlyn Jenner 😊 You are a true inspiration…. So many people struggle with feeling as if their in the wrong body 😐 please pray for me and i will continue to pray for you…. May God truly Bless You!!

  2. Kevin says:

    I remember back in 2003 thinking “Wow! Who is this kid?”, when a very earnest and engaging juvenile actor came out of nowhere as the lead in an extremely smart little movie called “Holes”, and completely stole the flick from two impressive acting veterans, Jon Voight and Sigourney Weaver. Needless to say, I
    looked forward to seeing what else this young acting dynamo might do in the near future.
    Sadly, well under a decade later the seeming sterling promise of an exceptional talent with a solid head
    on his shoulders ultimately gave way to insults to Steven Spielberg’s directorial competency, an embar- rassingly loud and uncouth posse spectacle at a Walgreens store, getting up in the face of co-star Tom Hardy, who could easily have chewed him into a knot like the cherry-stem bar trick, and so on and so on.
    No amount of pat assessments excusing this manner of sickeningly crass and flagrant behavior as the understandable end-result of a young mind that is too immature and overwhelmed to process sudden or
    overnight attention and fame is ever going to cut it. Otherwise, angry, self-absorbed buttholes like Shia Labeouf and Justin Bieber wouldn’t have counter opposites in the business like actors Joseph Gordon Levitt and Josh Hutcherson. You can be almost absolutely certain that you will never hear about either one of these impressively together and clearly grateful young men deliberately trying to “piss in every-
    body’s face” simply because they are actually convinced that they rate to do so.

  3. srvwp2013r says:

    A new continent, such as Australia, should be found or developed to which the United States may deport our criminals. Castro emptied his jails and asylums; America “renditioned” “suspects” by the plane-load. The entertainment industry contributes overwhelmingly and exceedingly disproportionately to the America criminal element. It is well far past time for the “Hollywood Crowd” to be shown the door, deported to a “LOST” land and renditioned. The entire nation suffers from the criminal behavior of louts that are the cry-babies, the ne’re do wells, the psychotics, et. al. of both genders of “Hollywood.” This incident is compounded by the utter disrespect that LaBeouf displayed to his peers, to his industry, to a civilized society and culture. All of these so-called and/or alleged “stars” and “celebrities” should be consigned to some of the lowest circles of Hell. Their lives ate a waste of all the resources that it takes to keep them alive. To paraphrase the McCarthy days, at long last have these people no respect!?

  4. Noel ONeill says:

    Another case of “Too much too soon”

  5. Fluff says:

    It would be really great if the media stopped handing attention whores like these a microphone by reporting on their every spoiled brat move. This guy has issues, obviously.

  6. charles says:

    i still like him.

  7. Lee says:

    I think this is just grief. It’s no coincidence that his breakdown happens just before the big Transformers IV mass opening. It would really help if he had some projects in the works to take his mind off of it. In some of the comments here he’s being described as mediocre, and other less than attractive adjectives, but he does have some talent. He started off in a comedic tv series. Maybe it’s time to get back to comedy.

  8. M. Adamant says:

    I could never understand why this mediocre actor became “famous”. He is the reason I choose NOT to see a movie. Perhaps he is acting desperate because he senses that his cycle of fame is closing. Good luck to him in solving his problems…

  9. miles says:

    I think he might be bi polar. If that is the case my heart goes out to him.

  10. Just another example of how people in this business have very little insight into career mapping and the development of talent . Example ; Milley is a young women thats going to grow up one day and become an adult . Does the bright minds at Disney say hey this girls growing up and so are her fans , let’s see shall we give her a show on ABC family so she can be act out like most teens in a safe environment or ABC and just get freaky . O h I know lets just let her do the Madona shuffle and see how things turn out. More mismanaged child star’s . Go figure.

  11. guest says:

    Why would he go to that show and yell at those actors, tho??

  12. kevin thomas says:

    One of the Producers of cabaret said SHEa was crying while being cuffed.

    He still looks like a child in the new Brad Pitt movie trailer, an unarmed German soldier would have laughed out loud at this guy.

    What do you expect from a guy who looks up to sean penn, please try Brando or Orson.. Not a guy who can’t take a joke and wish’s he could forget he played Spicoli (the only role I liked).

  13. Arrested during a performance of Cabaret? Was he really that bad?

  14. RB Alkire says:

    Actors need to calm down… chill out. Enjoy the ride.

  15. dre says:

    good for him. famous people need to escape from their trying lives of wealth and privilege and live like the commonfolk sometimes. #firstworldproblems

    • Xzilez says:

      and the common folk forget or rather not realize that once upon a time Shia was poorer than you are now. He got into acting to support his family, lost his way, and is now a nutcase. I don’t envy him nor do I pity him, but I understand the struggle he had before he was famous. Those demons are probably haunting him now as it would for anyone.

  16. oolala7 says:

    Leave that Method Acting alone. It will kill you.

  17. mikemoair2 says:

    seriously, WHO?

  18. tyler1861 says:

    Ahh.. The life of a former Somebody..

  19. Count Yob says:

    Free publicity for a neglected actor?

  20. dave says:

    Sad to see this childhood actor has lost his marbles. Maybe Indy can do an intervention and get that boy some badly needed meds!

  21. trish220 says:

    Yep, I hope he gets it I would rather he be like Robert Downey Jr. that River Phoenix. Get help Shia, we love you! Do not alienate the business that can give you a great life.

  22. Doug Carter says:

    He’s an addict or alcoholic and needs help

  23. guest says:

    This horrible, annoying actor was pushed on us by hollywood for some unknown reason. Now, when he finally realizes no one liked him this whole time, he has lost his mind. He thought he was the sh*t but found out he is just a turd.

  24. jOni says:

    Just wanted publicity and got it.

  25. Wallythedog says:

    Up until the 20th Century, actors and performers were generally considered social lowlifes, on par with prostitutes and drug addicts. It seems there are some actors that long for this reputation to return.

  26. Lynne Sands says:

    Thanks, Mel. You can go back to the bar now.

  27. JBubs says:

    First LaBeouf, then Poof!

  28. Actors decades ago got noticed by doing good acting, now this crop of actors think they can only get noticed by acting up. Big difference.

  29. Kevin Stroup says:

    Somebody has issues. Story to be continued……..

  30. Chris says:

    OK Shia. We’re sorry for calling you a nerd. You can stop being “edgy” now. You’ve made your point.

  31. darth says:

    and it was probably autocorrect that caused the problem

  32. TW says:

    What is with these people. They have one of the greatest jobs in the world, make buckets of money and then go out in public and act like morons. Oh the poor put upon Arteeest!!!

  33. neworleansann says:

    Gomer would NEVER talk that way.

  34. Sirlanse says:

    Transformers was opening without him that night. He should have gone to the movie with Megan Fox.
    Show some class.

  35. Chuck D. says:

    Crazy is as crazy does….

  36. Michael Land says:

    A smug little man who is slowly realizing he just simply is not that good and will never be among the long-term noteworthy in his field. A fact that most of the rest of us in the real world have known for a while.

  37. Jean Poole says:

    ‘worse’ is a word.

  38. Jean Poole says:

    This maroon’s name was probably Arthur Grunion before he started pretending to be another person.

  39. Hopsaregood says:

    This guy is a Shia and acts this way. The muslim world must be aghast.

  40. Donald Welch says:

    never would have happened to a chick…..period.

  41. Kent Mcguire says:

    I guess losing the Stars Wars gig to a Ewok was too much to bear.

  42. Vince says:

    Isn’t it past time people stop worshipping and idolizing these actors. As you can see they are just PEOPLE like the rest of us, and in many ways filled with more problems that they are better at hiding. In this case, one of his problems got the best of him.

  43. xsnake says:

    The nation’s squirrel population has a penchant to gravitate toward the “arts” schtick.

  44. NoSacredCow says:

    A lot of speculation here with very little in facts. Then again Variety is the Enquirer for the entertainment industry. I also remember the day when editors would proof-read stories before release.

    Okay I’ve said my piece you can all go back to tearing down a human being now with whom you’ve had no personal contact.

  45. Keith Patton says:

    Another bi-polar freak with mental problems. People would be shocked by the number of Hollywood types that have bi-polar disorder. They gravitate to acting because they cannot hold a 9-5 job and they are not happy in their own skin. Alcohol and drugs are how they self medicate. The history of Hollywood is littered with these people. Rehab and breakdowns are just camouflage for their meltdowns. Drug overdoses, and habitual use is just a symptom. Angelina Jolie, Billy Bob Thorton, Mel Gibson, Anne Heche, Catherine Zeta Jones, are just a few know Bi-polar sufferers. Not all of them are crazies, but a lot of them are. Diagnosis and treatment is key, but the treatment is sometimes worse that the symptoms. Shia has obviously not been diagnosed nor treated, or refuses to stay on his meds. The “high” of the manic stage of manic depression is what they like, its like being on speed, but the diasphoric stage and depression are intolerable. Problem is as they age those two take over and the laser like focus they have, the endless energy of the manic stage decreases.

    • Scottie says:

      To insinuate that someone with bipolar is a freak is insulting. To insinuate that a manic episode is like being on speed is insulting and wrong.

    • Ken says:

      And YOUR posting may be the most plausible one here. I have had loved ones who suffered Bi-Polar imbalance. The disease is very real, very organic…it does cause severe personality swings. Shia – a once-promising actor – seems to have medical issues. I hope he gets help.

      • mkhmarketing says:

        I am disappointed that I had to scroll this far down the comments before reading something compassionate and insightful about mental health issues. It is very clear that he is not coping well and needs some assistance, not judgement.

      • bella418 says:

        I agree with your summation, but bipolar can be different for different people. Some people are high functioning bipolar some are not. it’s a shame that mental health is not talked about more. We need to expose this and talk more about how mental health is a bigger issue for americans. You can’t always stuff your feelings with drugs, alcohol, food or sex. Balance and awareness can be difficult for most. I do wish he seeks and gets the help he needs before becoming another hollywood casualty.

  46. Lane N says:

    lol, not mind control, just seen for good reason as childish and not a leading man and choosing to try and jack up his man card by getting busted.

    This nebbish’s idea of being bad boy: going to a Broadway musical in progress and throwing a hissy fit ruining the performance people are paying $15-200 to see. Oh, that is really edgy!

    He is just a loser on an downward career path, who got busted stealing other peoples copyright writings, has substance abuse issues, and throws hate speech that makes Mel Gibson look like a nice guy!

  47. Amanda says:

    I hung out with Shia and recorded him playing a song or two at my home. He is an extremely nice guy. I am not sure about this incident, but i can vouch for his personality and say he is not a trouble maker. It is so sad to see how people are always ready to tear another individual down when they have become successful in their work. I do not like people writing about my life outside of work and speculating what they think is going on after reading stuff like this. These kind of stories are just written by people making a buck off of someone else’s talent. Why do we need to be informed of this story at all? Why is this news?

    • lola says:

      Because he is having a public melt down. It’s very simple to understand, for some.

    • Lane N says:

      He is worse than Mel Gibson in both his drinking and hate speech (In Labeuof’s case against gays).

      And what talent? He is in the press with his incidents because he keeps doing them

  48. Anil Deerty says:

    If I didn’t see Transformers I wouldn’t know who he was . That’s a chicks name.

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