Shia LaBeouf Released After Disorderly Conduct Arrest At Studio 54
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Actor Shia LaBeouf was released on his own recognizance Friday, after he was arrested for allegedly being disruptive during a performance of the show “Cabaret” at Studio 54.
Wearing the same ripped blue T-shirt and tight pants in which he had been seen the night before, the 28-year-old star faced a judge Friday morning on disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and harassment charges. Represented by a legal aid attorney, he pleaded not guilty to the charges and is due back in court July 24.
After his court appearance, the exhausted-looking LaBeouf didn’t say anything as he walked a few blocks to the London NYC Hotel, 151 W. 54th St., surrounded by a throng of cameras.
At one point, LaBeouf stopped to help a reporter who was trailing him after she fell out of her shoe.
Meanwhile, as CBS 2’s Dave Carlin reported, the “Cabaret” cast didn’t miss a beat, and put on a trouble-free show Friday night. It was quite the contrast from the night before.
Earlier in the day Thursday before the alleged incident, fan Carlos Mancia shot video showing LaBeouf mugging for the cameras and chatting with fans outside of the Iguana restaurant and nightclub, at 254 W. 54th St. down the street from the theater.
“He was not drunk,” Mancia said. “He just had a few cocktails, you know, he just had a good time. We was watching the game together — he likes soccer.”
But after leaving the Iguana, the actor’s attitude apparently changed, CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown reported.
According to a criminal complaint, LaBeouf was at the Thursday night “Cabaret” performance at the theater at 254 W. 54th St., when a security guard saw him stand up in the middle of the show and yell loudly at the actors on stage.
Police said security guards then asked LaBeouf to leave the theater, but he refused. Police said he was acting irrationally, yelling obscenities and physically interfering with employees.
He was hauled out of the theater in handcuffs around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, police said.
Prosecutors said LaBeouf made a series of aggressive comments to police while being arrested, including: “I’ll end your life,” “Do you know who I am?” and “You are a [expletive],” using a derogatory term for homosexuals.
Police said he also spit in the direction of the arresting officer, according to the complaint. Authorities said he seemed intoxicated or under the influence of a drug.
Before LaBeouf was arrested, two theatergoers said they first saw him Thursday evening a block away from the theater while they were walking to the show. They said LaBeouf was chasing after a man who appeared to be homeless.
“If we didn’t know who he was, we would have thought he was a bum,” witness Tina Marie Miller said. “From how he looked and how he was acting.”
Witnesses said his bizarre behavior then continued inside the venue.
“Then we saw him in the theater getting a drink at the bar with a torn shirt and stumbling. Then he fed a strawberry to a woman from her plate,” Miller said. “I was thinking he was working on a role, because it was that extreme.”
Witnesses also explained how LaBeouf was allegedly disruptive and belligerent during the first act of the performance itself, even getting physical with Alan Cumming when the “Cabaret” star walked through the audience as part of the performance.
“It seems that he — Shia LaBeouf — placed his hand on (Cumming’s) posterior,” said Robert Diamond, editor-in-chief of BroadwayWorld.com.
Cumming took to Twitter Friday morning posting, “Stage manager last night at intermission: This is your places call and Shia LaBeouf has left the building in handcuffs.”
Prosecutors asked for $2,500 bail, but a judge released LaBeouf on a recognizance bond.
LaBeouf had been cast in “Orphans” with Alec Baldwin last year, but a creative dust-up between the pair led to LaBeouf leaving the production before it even opened.
LaBeouf has also faced previous legal trouble for an assortment of incidents over the past decade.
The incidents included an arrest for allegedly refusing to leave a Chicago Walgreens drugstore in 2007. A security guard told LaBeouf he wasn’t welcome at the Walgreens on Chicago’s fashionable Magnificent Mile because he appeared to be drunk, and detained LaBeouf and called police when the actor repeatedly refused to leave, WBBM-TV, CBS 2 Chicago reported at the time.
Charges in that case were later dropped.
The following year, he was taken into custody on suspicion of drunken driving after a car crash in Los Angeles. Prosecutors later decided there was insufficient evidence to file charges.
LaBeouf was also taken into custody but not charged following a 2011 fight with a patron at a Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles bar in which he was reportedly punched in the face.
Last year, LaBeouf was accused of plagiarizing his short film “Howard Cantour.” He apologized via a series of tweets that critics said appeared to be lifted from other famous apologies.
This past January, LaBeouf made headlines for walking out of a news conference at the Berlin Film Festival and later appearing on the red carpet with a bag over his head reading “I am not famous anymore.”
In February, he put on an “IAmSorry” art exhibit at the Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles.
LaBoeuf is known for many roles, including the “Transformers” movies, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” “Disturbia” and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” among others.
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