Shia LaBeouf charged with theft after allegedly stealing a man’s hat

Tom Butler
·Senior Editor
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Hollywood actor Shia LaBeouf has been charged with misdemeanour battery and petty theft after allegedly stealing a man’s hat in Los Angeles.

The star of films including Transformers and The Peanut Butter Falcon is alleged to have argued with a man named Tyler Murphy on 12 June.

LaBeouf, 34, is said to have used “force and violence” to steal the man’s hat, according to a complaint filed by the Los Angeles city attorney’s Office.

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The charges were filed on September 24, online records show.

SAN RAFAEL, CA - OCTOBER 09: Shia LaBeouf is seen onstage during special screening of 'Honey Boy' during the 42nd Mill Valley Film Festival at the Century Larkspur Landing on October 9, 2019 in San Rafael, California. Photo: imageSPACE for the Mill Valley Film Festival/MediaPunch /IPX
Shia LaBeouf is seen onstage during special screening of 'Honey Boy', 2019. (imageSPACE for the Mill Valley Film Festival/MediaPunch /IPX)

LaBeouf is scheduled for an arraignment hearing on November 19, according to the records.

A representative for the actor has been contacted for comment.

This is not LaBeouf’s first brush with the law. In 2014 he was arrested outside New York City’s Studio 54 Broadway theatre for drunkenly disrupting a performance of Cabaret. He admitted disorderly conduct.

He was arrested again in 2017 for disorderly conduct, this time in Georgia. LaBeouf later issued a public apology, tweeting: “I am deeply ashamed of my behaviour and make no excuses for it.”

In 2019, he thanks police for arresting him.

Actor Shia LaBeouf poses for photographers, with a paper bag over his head that says 'I am not famous anymore', on the red carpet for the film Nymphomaniac at the International Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt)
Actor Shia LaBeouf poses for photographers, with a paper bag over his head that says 'I am not famous anymore', on the red carpet for the film Nymphomaniac at the International Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt)

The actor was accepting an award for screenwriting for his new movie Honey Boy at the Hollywood Film Awards when he credited the law for putting him on a new path.

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“I want to thank the police officer who arrested me in Georgia,” he said, to whoops from the crowd, “for changing my life.”

He added: “I want to thank my therapist and my sponsor for saving my life [and] my parents for giving my life.”

LaBeouf first found fame as a teenager in Disney Channel show Even Stevens. His other film roles include Holes, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Lawless.