Shia LaBeouf’s attorney, Shawn Holley, filed an answer last week (Feb. 5) to FKA Twigs’ lawsuit, denying assault allegations.
The filing, received by Billboard, is routine in civil litigation, and states that the Disturbia actor (the defendant) “denies, generally and specifically, each and every allegation” made by FKA Twigs (the plaintiff). The document also “denies that Plaintiff has sustained any injury or loss by reason of any act or omission on the part of Defendant, and denies that Plaintiff is entitled to any relief or damages whatsoever.”
The answer noted that the singer-songwriter’s sexual battery claims are “barred in whole or in part because none of the acts alleged were based on sex and/or the conduct was not sexual.”
The “Cellophane” singer, born Tahliah Barnett, filed a lawsuit against LaBeouf in December 2020, alleging “relentless abuse” that included sexual battery, assault and emotional distress. The suit also claims the actor knowingly gave Barnett an STD. The two briefly dated after meeting on the set of LaBeouf’s 2019 semi-autobiographical film Honey Boy.
In January, she gave more details on the alleged abuse in an interview with the podcast Grounded with Louis Theroux. “If you fulfill all of the requirements and meet the rules, and all these things of the abuser, it can… be great,” she explained, adding that after the initial bright period, LaBeouf — who she named “the worst person ever” — began to control her every move through “grooming” and “the pushing of your emotional and spiritual boundaries.”
In response to the claims, LaBeouf told The New York Times, “I’m not in any position to tell anyone how my behavior made them feel. I have no excuses for my alcoholism or aggression, only rationalizations. I have been abusive to myself and everyone around me for years. I have a history of hurting the people closest to me. I’m ashamed of that history and am sorry to those I hurt. There is nothing else I can really say.”
He is reportedly undergoing inpatient treatment, and has been living at a facility.