On Friday, October 9, actor Shia LaBeouf was arrested in Austin, Texas, for public intoxication according to a news release from the Austin Police Department. The arrest came on the first night of the second weekend of the Austin City Limits music festival.
LaBeouf, 29, was outside of a bar at the intersection of 6th Street and San Jacinto Boulevard when he was arrested. Police say he was acting “bizarre.” Sixth Street is a popular entertainment district in downtown Austin.
According to Entertainment Tonight Online, a call was made shortly before the actor was arrested. Some witnesses claim Shia caused a disturbance after he was refused a drink at a bar, while other witnesses say the actor and a female friend were denied entry to a bar.
One witness who told TMZ the actor was not allowed entry to the bar said, “Shia began swearing up a storm and tried forcing himself into the bar but was blocked.” Another witness claims he ran down 6th Street and was “out of control.”
After LaBeouf left the bar, TMZ reports Shia jaywalked in front of police officers before his arrest. LaBeouf allegedly appeared to be drunk or high when he jaywalked and is said to have ignored police warnings. Police told Shia not to jaywalk again.
A photo of Shia LaBeouf being arrested by an Austin police officer was tweeted by an eyewitness. Several eyewitnesses at the scene snapped pictures and took video of the actor’s arrest, also sharing them on Twitter.
Shia Labeouf just got arrested outside my bar lol pic.twitter.com/mYFoWx05Hf
— Kelsie Nugent (@kelsie_rae) October 10, 2015
Ben Blake, a bouncer at a nearby bar who says he saw LaBeouf’s arrest, spoke with NBC station KXAN.
“Obviously he gets arrested a lot, he came down here, he acted up and APD (Austin Police Department) doesn’t put up with that. So he got what he got, you know?”
Noah Hubbard, another witness, spoke with ABC station KVUE.
“The reason he got arrested originally is because he was jaywalking across the street over to [a bar there]. He got all in the cops’ face and they told him not to do that, he started cussing them out and stuff, he was clearly wide-eyed. I don’t know man, he’s clearly here for [Austin City Limits Festival] but I guess he just wanted to come party tonight and I guess he took it a little too hard.”
A mug shot of LaBeouf was later released by police and show the actor in a blue t-shirt with a mustache and a beard. The actor spent Friday night in the Travis County Jail according to jail records. Several news outlets have reached out to LaBeouf’s rep but have not received a statement yet.
Two days after Shia’s arrest, the Transformers actor broke his silence with a single cryptic tweet. “I talk, just not to you,” LaBeouf tweeted on Sunday.
I talk, just not to you
— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) October 11, 2015
Shia was taken into custody without incident. LaBeouf was processed at the Travis County Central Booking Facility just after 7:30 p.m. local time, according to a statement from the Austin police.
The Austin Police Department statement went on to say, “Due to pending adjudication, no further details will be released at this time.”
ABC News reports that according to jail records, LaBeouf was released from the Travis County Jail on his own recognizance.
Shia LaBeouf began his rise to fame as a 14-year-old on the Disney show, Even Stevens. He’s best known for the Transformers films.
LaBeouf’s Friday night arrest in Austin is hardly the first time the actor has run into trouble with the law. He was arrested in 2011 after a bar fight in Los Angeles although he was later released without any charges.
In June, 2014, LaBeouf was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after disrupting a performance of Cabaret on Broadway. A security guard claims that Shia stood up during the show and began yelling at the actors. As a result of that arrest, he was ordered by a judge to undergo substance abuse treatment and display six months of good behavior, then the case would be dismissed.
Last October, LaBeouf told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show that being arrested was “really rough.”
“They put a Hannibal mask on me and a lead jacket and it was just really rough,” Shia told the talk show host.
LaBeouf’s arrest in Austin comes just a month after the six month period he had to show good behavior.
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