Shia LaBeouf Tweets He's "Retiring From All Public Life" After "Attacks Against Artistic Integrity"
Looks like Shia LaBeouf has reached his breaking point. After a series of headline-making controversies -- and some equally hot-button apologies -- the former Transformers star announced via Twitter that he is withdrawing from life in the public eye.
"In light of the recent attacks against my artistic integrity, I am retiring from all public life," the Nymphomaniac actor, 27, tweeted in the early morning hours of Friday, Jan. 10. "My love goes out to those who have supported me. #stopcreating."
LaBeouf's trouble started back in December, when he was accused of plagiarizing parts of his short film HowardCantour.com from graphic novelist David Clowes' 2007 novella Justin M. Damiano. Clowes' publisher, Eric Reynolds, told Us Weekly at the time that the writer was "exploring his legal options"; he also slammed the actor's apology, which was in part plagiarized from an old Yahoo! comment thread, as "half-assed" and "insincere."
LaBeouf's follow-up attempts at apologizing were no more successful. Earlier this month, he hired a skywriting team to write "I am sorry Daniel Clowes" over Los Angeles -- a stunt that prompted Lena Dunham to tweet, "I've always felt, utterly and unchangeably, that only sociopaths hire skywriters."
In response, the former Disney star reappropriated an apology from rapper Gucci Mane. "Im addicted to lean & that s--t ain't no joke. I can barely remember all the things I've done & said," he tweeted. "However there's no excuse 4 skywriting."