Shia LaBeouf, best known for his role as Louis Stevens on Even Stevens, recently caused a disturbance during a showing of Cabaret at Studio 54 in June. On Wednesday, while in court, he pleaded guilty to the charges and barely dodged jail time.
Many were hoping that Shia LaBeouf would transform his demeanor after previous run-ins with the law, but it appears as though his carefree attitude is still running rampant. During the June performance of Cabaret, Shia was seen approaching the theater in a ripped shirt while chasing a man who appeared to be homeless. Upon reaching the theater, LaBeouf stumbled into the bar area and proceeded to feed a woman, whom he did not know, a strawberry from her own plate. He continued to yell at the actors on-stage and smoke cigarettes in the theater. Alcohol was obviously a factor, and he was charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing.
While in court, Shia LaBeouf admitted to receiving treatment for alcoholism and pleaded guilty to all charges. Judge Diana Boyer questioned his motive for pleading guilty.
“Are you pleading guilty because you are guilty?”
LaBeouf replied “yes”, without argument.
Shia was able to walk away with a slap on the wrist, assuming he sticks to the alcohol treatment for at least three months and stays out of trouble for six months. If he complies, he will be able to withdraw his guilty plea, and the case will be dismissed.
Shia’s Lawyer, G. Robert Gage, spoke about the outcome on Shia’s behalf.
“We appreciate the thoughtfulness of the resolution of the matter by the (Manhattan) district attorney’s office,”
Shia has been in trouble with the law before, most recently accused of plagiarism and drinking while driving.
His career seems to have been on a downward spiral since starring in Transformers along side his partner Bumblebee, who seemed to out-act and outshine LaBeouf. There are rumors that Shia will come back to the next installment of the franchise, maybe in an attempt to debunk his own rumor that he is not famous anymore.
Regardless of whether Shia LaBeouf finds his spot in the limelight again or if he pursues other venues, it is good to see that the former child star is seeking treatment for his addiction. Maybe his sober persona will make an appearance in the next Transformers movie or possibly an Even Stevens reunion.
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