18 Feb FKA Twigs Gets Candid About Alleged Abuse from Ex Shia LaBeouf
FKA’s Interview with Gayle King
On Thursday, the “Magdalene” singer, born Tahliah Barnett, sat down with King, 66, revealing the abuse she endured while dating Shia LaBeouf.
“[LaBeouf] would often just start having an argument with me in the middle of the night, start accusing me of doing all sorts of things, planning to leave him in my head,” Barnett alleged.
The singer elaborated on the “Transformers” actor’s behaviors, claiming that he’d wake up to call her “disgusting” and “vile,” and accuse her of having thoughts of leaving him.
“He would, like, only want me to sleep naked,” Barnett revealed to King, “Because he said if I didn’t, I was keeping myself from him.”
The “Cellophane” singer continued to discuss the nature of her abuse, as well as the concept of domestic violence, where she feels as if it’s a “gradual step-by-step” that forces victims to lose themselves.
“It’s a tactic that a lot of abusers use. It’s just this constant availability, and everything centered around them,” the artist continued. “That’s why I wanted to come out and talk about this because the signs are really there from the beginning.”
LaBeouf Denies Allegations
Prior to FKA Twigs’ civil lawsuit against the “Honey Boy” director, LaBeouf, 34, denied claims the singer made in December.
The singer’s lawsuit outlined claims of sexual assault and verbal and physical abuse. Also, the actor allegedly and knowingly gave the singer a sexually transmitted disease.
According to LaBeouf’s legal team the actor “denies, generally, and specifically, each and every allegation contained in [Barnett]’s complaints, denies that [Barnett] has sustained any injury or loss by reason of any act or omission on the part of [LaBeouf], and denies that [Barnett] is entitled to any relief or damages whatsoever.”
Why FKA Twigs Filed The Lawsuit
In an interview with The New York Times, Barnett revealed why she filed a civil lawsuit against LaBeouf.
“What I went through with Shia was the worst thing I’ve ever been through in the whole of my life,” said Barnett. “I don’t think people would ever think that it would happen to me. But I think that’s the thing. It can happen to anybody.”
After the civil lawsuit, LaBeouf’s talent agency CAA no longer represents him, and the actor seeked inpatient treatment to step away from acting and entertainment.
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