FKA Twigs details alleged Shia LaBeouf "nightmare" abuse

Published By Alexandra Heilbron on Feb 17, 2021

Shia LaBeouf in The Tax CollectorBritish singer/songwriter FKA Twigs (born Tahliah Barnett), has given her first TV interview to detail the alleged abuse she suffered at the hands of former boyfriend, Shia LaBeouf, since she filed a civil lawsuit against him in December. In the suit she accuses him not only of sexual battery, assault and inflicting emotional distress, but also of knowingly giving her an STD.

During an interview with CBS This Morning, which airs tomorrow (February 18, 2021), she gives further details to interviewer Gayle King. In a clip released today, she revealed that he used tactics "that a lot of abusers use."

"It's very subtle. That's the thing about, you know, domestic abuse, domestic violence, that it's a real gradual step-by-step process to get somebody to a place where they lose themselves so much that they accept or feel like they deserve to be treated in that way," she said.

Barnett added that it wasn't just one incident, but more like "loads of tiny little things that get sewn together into a nightmare." After she ended the relationship she told LaBeouf she would keep what happened between them private if he would get help. When he didn't, she filed the lawsuit, hoping it will force him to get help, as well as to alert other women to his alleged abuse.

One of the things she said LaBeouf would do would be to wake her in the middle of the night and accuse her of planning to leave him. According to her, he said,"'You were lying there with your eyes open, planning to leave me.' And I'd be like, 'I literally was asleep.'"

Barnett also claims he wanted her to only "sleep naked because he said if I didn't then I was keeping myself from him," adding, "It's just this, like, constant availability, and everything centered around them. And I think, you know, that's why I wanted to come out and talk about this. Because the signs really are there from the beginning."

LaBeouf, who denies the allegations, was dropped by his talent agency, CAA, earlier this month after claims of sexual abuse and battery surfaced from several of his former partners, including Karolyn Pho, a stylist who's named in the lawsuit. ~Alexandra Heilbron

Comments & Discussion

  1. Lee Mac • 2/17/2021 2:25:59 PM

    Or....maybe she was just useless in bed ? and had bad breath ? and he wanted rid of her ? how many times have we seen these attention grabbing addicts like Twigs spew lies just to get revenge for their Inabilities in life ? That's right....too many times grow up Twigs !

  2. Denis Joseph hachey • 2/18/2021 9:39:43 AM

    lee mac, Addict or not regardless of whether there was substance abuse regardless of whether somebody has a different stage in their life where they’re fighting something or battling addiction or whatever it is belittling their experiences when you haven’t been there and you weren’t laying next to them sounds like some chauvinist bullshit also sounds like your victim blaming and the way that you type that is exactly the way that somebody who abused somebody would type that… Classic also a little hint of narcissism in there. And considering that she hasn’t said anything till now when he didn’t get help if she was really looking for attention don’t you think she would’ve said something a lot sooner… And on top of that this isn’t just one woman saying this this is his exes saying this that’s more than one person so pull your head out of your ass and stop blaming victims regardless of whether or not she had a needle in her arm at the time if she says no no is no if she think she’s being abused just being abused grow the f*** up and makes you sound like a dank pig Trump supporter when you talk like that

  3. Denis Joseph hachey • 2/18/2021 9:43:32 AM

    It really just makes you look like a really small minded man and makes you sound like the same kind of guy the Chi is an abuser stop shaming victims just makes you look like a pig

  4. Denis Joseph hachey • 2/18/2021 9:44:23 AM

    It really just makes you look like a really small minded man and makes you sound like the same kind of guy the he is, an abuser stop shaming victims And please regardless of her addictions or her past you can’t discredit somebody just because of that… Grow the f up

  5. Lisbeth Slabotsky • 2/18/2021 12:00:10 PM

    Lee Mac, spoken like a white, cis male. Denis Joseph Hachey, if you're trying to make a point, and I think you were, punctuation and separation of paragraphs will go a long way. I can't read what you wrote. Unless you've experienced the abuse, you have no part in any of this. How dare you tell an abused woman to *just get over it*. Shame on you.

  6. Enza D'Elia • 2/18/2021 2:13:42 PM

    Here's my problem regarding the shia and twig npw coming out regarding his behaviour everyone knew about his mental state so explain to me why anyone would get involved with that if he had mental issues and don't tell me she didn't know , if it was truly about exposing his she wouldn't be suing him it wouldnt be about the money if she was truely a victim a victim wouldn't be seeking money she just wants him punished for his crime

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