Monday, June 17, 2024

Very Bad Timing: Shia LaBeouf Sued for Abuse and Harassment 1 Day After Final “Indiana Jones” Movie Announced — He Won’t Be In It Now


Shia La Beouf can’t catch a break. He’s been sued today by an ex girlfriend, singer FKA Twigs — real name Tahliah Barnett — for abuse and harassment. A former girlfriend has chimed in in interviews, and Shia has had to issue a mea culpa kind of apology.

The timing couldn’t be worse. Yesterday a new Indiana Jones movie was announced, the fifth and last in the series. LaBeouf co-starred with Harrison Ford and Karen Allen in the fourth movie. “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” several years ago. His character, Mutt, was hinted at as being the son of Indiana Jones and Marion, but it was left as an unanswered question. With this latest revelation, it really seals the deal that Mutt will not join the Jones lineage.

LaBeouf has been plagued by substance abuse issues and mental illness but always still admired as a talented actor. The autobiographical movie he wrote and starred in last year, “Honey Boy,” won him accolades and respect. This came after a string of incidents. But a current appearance in the movie “Pieces of a Woman” also helped to put bad news behind him. Today’s announcement — he’s innocent til proven guilty — would certainly cinch no return to Indiana Jones and puts his career in jeopardy once again.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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