Shia Labeouf arrested and led away 'in tears' after disrupting Broadway performance of Cabaret

The incident marks the latest in a string of bizarre displays of behaviour from the actor who 'retired' from public life earlier this year

Shia LaBeouf has been arrested after he disturbed a Broadway production of popular musical Cabaret in New York last night.

The actor has been charged with two counts of disorderly conduct and one count of criminal trespassing for allegedly using obscene language and smoking in the theatre.

UPDATE: Unkempt, Red-Eyed Shia LaBeouf Released

According to Variety, police were called to the scene after the 28-year-old ignored repeat security guard requests for him to exit the venue.

New York Police Department spokesperson George Tsourovakas said: “He was being rather difficult and combative, verbally... To the point where security guards asked him to please leave the premises and he refused. Police were called and he was detained and arrested.”

Benj Pasek, a Broadway songwriter who witnessed the incident, claimed that LaBeouf was crying as he was led out of the musical in handcuffs.

This isn’t the first time the actor has been arrested.

In February 2011, LaBeouf was briefly detained after an altercation with a drinker at the Mad Bull Tavern in Sherman Oaks, California. No charges were filed, but the Los Angeles Police Department did briefly detain him.

In July 2008, he was arrested for drunk driving in West Hollywood, after he collided with another vehicle and rolled his pick-up truck.

In 2007, he was arrested at a Chicago Walgreens store, because he refused to leave after security requests. He was charged with criminal trespassing, though the charges were later dropped by the store.

In February 2005, LaBeouf was arrested by police in Los Angeles and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, after he threatened his neighbour by driving into his car. LaBeouf then allegedly appeared at his neighbour’s front door wielding a kitchen knife hours later.

The incident marks the latest in a string of bizarre public displays from the Nyphomaniac star, who announced his retirement from public life after he was accused of plagiarising the work of graphic novelist Daniel Clowes in December to create his Cannes debut short Howard Cantour.com.


His erratic behaviour appeared to reach a peak when he wore a brown paper bag over his head to the premiere of the Lars von Trier movie in February. It was scrawled with the message: “I am not famous any more”.

 

He followed this up by walking out of a press conference at the Berlin Film Festival after plagiarising a famous quote by footballer Eric Cantona, who similarly walked out of a news conference in 1995, following his conviction for assault.

“When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea,” LaBeouf rasped, adding, “Thank you very much,” before pushing the microphone away and fleeing the scene.

After headbutting a fellow drinker in a London pub in January, he then claimed his entire life was “performance art”, actualising his statement by setting up an installation piece in a Los Angeles shop entitled ‘#IAMSORRY’.

This sparked its own spate of plagiarism, mainly by the work ofSliders actor Jerry O’Connell, who set up rival installation ‘#IAMSORRYTOO’.

READ MORE: SHIA LABEOUF RETIRES FROM PUBLIC LIFE 
LABEOUF WEARS A BROWN PAPER BAG TO NYMPHOMANIAC PREMIERE 
LABEOUF APOLOGISES FOR PLAGIARISM WITH SKY-WRITTEN MESSAGE

 

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