Film star Shia LaBeouf (Transformers, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) apparently has trouble as both an actor and an audience member when it comes to Broadway productions. Last year he departed a revival of Orphans due to “artistic differences” with his co-star Alec Baldwin during early rehearsals, and on Thurs. night June 26, police removed him in handcuffs from the evening performance of Cabaret at Studio 54.
According to reports on social media, the star was smoking in the theater and behaving in a disruptive manner during the first act. At intermission, Danny Burstein, who plays Herr Schultz in the production, posted on his Facebook page: “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your places call for Act II. Also, to let you know, Shia LaBeouf has just been escorted from the building in handcuffs.’ Yep, that just happened.”
Tony-nominated songwriter Benj Pasek (A Christmas Story) wrote on Twitter, “Just saw Shia LaBeouf in handcuffs in tears surround by 6 police officers outside CABARET the musical. Oh New York, u is a crazy bitch.”
NYPD spokesman George Tsourovakas stated that after causing a disturbance during the first act, LaBeouf was asked to leave by security guards. When he refused, police were called and he was arrested. He was charged with disorderly conduct, harassment, and criminal trespass. According to reports, the actor was combative with the police at the precinct, threatening one officer by saying “I will end your life. Do you know who I am?” and launching into an expletive-laced tirade. He spent the night in custody, pleaded not guilty in court on Fri. morning and was released, still wearing a torn blue T-shirt from the previous evening. He is due back in court on July 24.
No stranger to controversial behavior, LeBeouf has also been arrested for criminal misdemeanor trespassing at a Walgreen’s, trod the red carpet with a bag reading “I Am No Longer Famous” over his head, and proclaimed he was retiring from public life after being accused of plagiarizing a graphic novel in a short film he directed.