Shia LaBeouf is one hell of a man.
It’s not like we’re missing him or something. We just sometimes forget that hey, Shia LaBeouf still exists in this universe. Well, this time, Shia LaBeouf was arrested on early Thursday after allegedly attacking another man outside the New York Museum. He’s been chanting “he will not divide us” in front of a live camera since Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Police said that LaBeouf pulled the scarf off an identified man who was 25-years-old, outside the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, scratching the face of the man in the process. They said that he also pushed the man, who refused medical attention.
LaBeouf has spent the first few days of Trump’s presidency swaying, dancing and repeating the phrase “he will not divide us” in front of a live camera outside the museum. The live stream is for a participatory public art project LaBeouf and two collaborators intend on having this stream run 24 hours a day for four years.
The camera went live on Monday morning, on the day of the inauguration along with a website that is inviting people to participate. LaBeouf has been a frequent, if not constant, presence in the live feed.
Well according to LaBeouf, the project that he and his performance partners are doing isn’t about opposition to Trump, LaBeouf told the Associated Press in an interview conducted on Monday in front of the live-stream camera. “We’re anti-division out here. Everyone’s invited,” LaBeouf said. “I’m just saying, ‘Be nice to each other.'”
No one knows what immediately led to the alleged altercation Thursday morning. LaBeouf faces a misdemeanor assault charge. It’s not clear yet if he has an attorney who can comment yet.
New York City police told The Hollywood Reporter later Thursday morning that he was released and issued a desk-appearance ticket to appear in court for his arraignment at a later date.
Shia LaBeouf really knows how to start a party, huh?