New details have emerged regarding the recent arrest of actor Shia LaBeouf after body camera footage captured at the scene was made public. The 31-year-old was arrested on multiple charges including public drunkenness, obstruction, and disorderly conduct. According to the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police, the incident began when LaBeouf approached a bystander, and his request for a cigarette was denied.
As reported by WSAV, LaBeouf was in downtown Savannah, Georgia, when he went up to a person and asked them for a cigarette around 4:00 am on July 8. The person declined to provide the cigarette, and LaBeouf become disorderly, using profane and vulgar language during the encounter.
An officer on the scene and attempted to arrest LaBeouf. The actor then ran to a nearby hotel, though was ultimately arrested.
After reaching the hotel, LaBeouf is seen asking, “What did I do sir?” while in the lobby. When he was asked why he was shouting, LaBeouf exclaims, “Because I have rights! I have rights. I’m an American!”
LaBeouf continues, “You got me in my hotel, arrested me in my hotel for doing what, sir?”
An officer responds, “Let’s go,” and proceeds to take LaBeouf to a police cruiser to transport him to the station.
As the make their way to the vehicle, an officer asks LaBeouf if they can talk. LaBeouf refuses, saying, “No, we can’t talk nothing, take these cuffs off. I’m a f***ing American, I pay my taxes, get these shits off my f***ing arms.”
As LaBeouf was being driven to the station, he went on a violent, racist rant, repeatedly calling the officer a “stupid bitch” and making threats against the officer’s life, stating, “If I had my gun, I’d blow your shit up.”
A report on the incident states LaBeouf also exhibited further odd behavior. According to the officer’s statement, while his “hand was placed on Mr. LaBeouf’s right shoulder in an attempt to maintain control of him, it was at this point in time that Mr. LaBeouf leaned over and kissed my hand.”
LaBeouf was later released. His bond was set at $3,500 for the obstruction charge. Currently, LaBeouf is still in the Savannah area as he is working on the film, “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” which is being shot in the city.