Shia LaBeouf Is Starting Another Career Comeback, But Should We Fall For It…Again?

Hollywood bad boy Shia LaBeouf appears to be at it again.

After what seems a lifetime of stumbles and recoveries, the former Disney child star is apparently trying to put the most recent accusations of sexual battery and emotional harm by ex-partner/singer FKA Twigs behind him and is now launching a new quest for redemption.

If you’ve been following LaBeouf’s up-and-down career, you know this is not his first comeback attempt. It’s just his most recent one.

The latest hit to his career came when Twigs filed a potentially career-ending lawsuit accusing him of sexual battery, physical assault, and infliction of emotional distress during their relationship in 2018-2019.

In one incident, according to the suit, LaBeouf is alleged to have slammed Twigs up against a car and attempted to strangle her.                                                                                                                    

In another high-profile lawsuit, stylist and ex-girlfriend Karolyn Pho accused LaBeouf of pinning her to a bed and violently head-butting her.

In 2021, Australian singer/songwriter Sia accused him of deceitful and intimidating behaviour during the time the two were working together on a music video.

However, these cases weren’t the only examples of LaBeouf being up to his shoulders in controversy or legal issues.

He has also engaged in embarrassing public altercations, arrests for disorderly conduct and erratic and unpredictable behaviour, generating concerns about his stability.

Yet despite these incidents, LaBeouf has shown a remarkable ability to stage successful comeback campaigns and apology tours in public and industry media outlets, often resulting in lucrative new career-boosting projects and film roles.

For example, in the face of negative publicity after the Twigs lawsuit was filed, he managed to get hired for a major role in Don’t Worry Darling, though he subsequently either quit or was fired (depending upon whose version of the story you’re listening to—LaBeouf’s or Producer Olivia Wilde).

He also managed to win the title role of Abel Ferrara’s film, Padre Pio, playing—somewhat ironically, some say—the popular 20th-century Italian saint. That film was released in June 2023.

Not long after that, he scored a lead role in Frances Ford Coppola’s feature film production of “Megalopolis,” with a release date in 2024.

How could LaBeouf win such prestigious roles in the wake of the Twigs lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault, battery, and infliction of emotional distress?

The answer apparently lies in his penchant for comeback campaigns and how well they have resonated with Hollywood directors, producers, and entertainment companies. People love a good recovery story.

For example, LaBeouf—whose mother is Jewish—says he converted to Catholicism during the production of Padre Pio and turned his life around.

In another incident, after a 2022 podcast, The Real Ones with Jon Bernthal, in which he discussed the Twigs’ sexual abuse accusations and laid out a long list of personal shortcomings, he admitted that “I hurt that woman.”

Later, he told Bishop Robert Barron that Twigs and her accusations had actually saved his life.

Putting a final touch to his turn-around message, he also told Olivia Wilde that he had been sober for more than 600 days.

The question is, in light of his previous “comebacks” which sounded great at first but melted into thin air as allegations of abusive behaviour against victims like Twigs and Sia began to surface, is his turn-about credible?

If his confessions are genuine, a sceptical public might ask, why is he still going ahead with the Twigs lawsuit rather than settling before the case goes to trial sometime in 2024?

If he has indeed turned himself around and is now an exemplary husband and father, why would he risk further damage to his reputation as the public spotlight focuses upon him in next year’s trial?

Is this an authentic comeback with positive and permanent behavioural changes, or is LaBeouf the actor simply acting out a new role?

Is this a new script, or one we’ve seen before?

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