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Shia LaBeouf admits he’s struggling with ‘addiction’ as he apologises for racial outburst after arrest

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 13/07/2017 Jennifer ruby

Video: Shia LaBeouf caught on camera yelling obscenities at police (Provider: Press Association)

Shia LaBeouf has apologised for his racial outburst following his arrest in Savannah, claiming that he is struggling with "addiction".

The actor said he is “deeply ashamed” of himself after footage of him telling a black police officer that he was “going to hell” emerged on Wednesday.

“I am deeply ashamed of my behavior and make no excuse for it,” he wrote in a statement posted to his official Twitter account.

“I don’t know if these statements are too frequent, or not shared often enough, but I am certain that my actions warrant a very sincere apology to the arresting officers, and I am grateful for their restraint. The severity of my behavior is not lost on me.”

LaBeouf went on to say that he had reached a “new low” and was aware that he needed to take “active steps” to get better.

© Provided by Evening Standard Limited “My outright disrespect for authority is problematic to say the least, and completely destructive to say the worst. It is a new low. A low I hope is a bottom,” he wrote.

“I have been struggling with addiction publicly for too long, and I am actively taking steps toward securing my sobriety and hope I can be forgiven for my mistakes.”

Video footage of the actor in a Savannah police station shows him shouting at black policeman as his fingerprints are taken.

He says: “Who are you fighting for? You got a president who don’t give a s*** about you and you stuck in a police force that don’t give a f*** about you, so you want to arrest white people who give a f***, who ask for cigarettes?

La Beouf goes on to say that the cop was going “straight to hell” and claims he that he had been arrested by a black man because he is white.

The US star, 31, was reportedly arrested in the lobby of a hotel in Savannah, Georgia after an altercation with a policeman in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The police report states that LaBeouf asked a bystander for a cigarette and became “aggressive” when he was refused one.


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