This Is Why Shia LaBeouf Just Received One Year’s Probation
Shia LaBeouf has just received a year’s probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction in Savannah, Georgia. This came three months after LaBeouf was arrested in Savannah while filming a movie, so what exactly happened over the summer that led to this arrest and to LaBeouf receiving probation today?
The incident in question took place on July 8, when LaBeouf was in Georgia filming the movie The Peanut Butter Falcon. According to the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, LaBeouf approached a police officer and a bystander that evening and asked for a cigarette, but when he did not receive one, he began cursing and became disorderly. When asked to leave, he refused and continued to berate the police officer, according to CNN.
The police officer then reportedly attempted to arrest LaBeouf, but the actor fled to a hotel; the cop followed LaBeouf to the hotel and eventually arrested him in the lobby. Bodycam footage released by TMZ showed LaBeouf calling the police officer names, including “stupid b*tch.” On the tape, LaBeouf describes the incident as him asking the police officer for a cigarette, the officer saying no, and then the officer arresting him.
LaBeouf can also be heard telling the black police officer, “You got a president who don’t give a sh*t about you, and you’re stuck in a police force who don’t give a f*ck about you. So you want to arrest, what? White people who give a f*ck? Who ask for cigarettes? I came up to you trying to be nice, you stupid b*tch. I came up to you asking for a cigarette, you dumb f*ck. Why would I ask for a cigarette if I was racist?” In another video, LaBeouf tells the black officer that he’s going to hell, and when asked why, he says, “because he’s a black man.”
Shortly after the incident, LaBeouf posted an apology on his Facebook page, saying, “My outright disrespect for authority is problematic to say the least, and completely destructive to say the worst. It is a new low. A low I hope is a bottom. I have been struggling with addiction publicly for far too long, and I am actively taking steps toward securing my sobriety and hope I can be forgiven for my mistakes.”
On Thursday, LaBeouf was found guilty of obstruction. He received one year of probation and was ordered to attend anger management counseling. He pleaded no contest to the charge of disorderly conduct and will receive a $1,000 fine. The charge of public drunkenness was dropped.
This summer was not the first time that Shia LaBeouf ran into trouble with the law. In 2005, he was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon. In 2007, he was arrested for criminal trespassing, though the charges were ultimately dropped. In 2008, he was arrested and charged with misdemeanor drunk driving. In 2014, he was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct at a theater; he reportedly cursed and spat at the police officers making the arrest. In 2015, he was arrested for public intoxication. And in January 2017, he was arrested at an anti Donald Trump rally and charged with misdemeanor assault.