Shia LaBeouf’s collaborators weigh in on actor’s claim he was raped during #IAMSORRY show
Two of Shia LaBeouf's artist collaborators have spoken out on the "Fury" actor's claim that he was raped during a performance art exhibition in February.
Luke Turner and Nastja Säde Rönkkö took to Twitter Sunday to comment on the "Transformers" star's claim he was raped by a woman during his bizarre "#IAMSORRY" exhibit, which involved him sitting silently in a room with a paper bag over his head.
In identical messages, Turner and Rönkkö said they sought to "clarify" a few things about the project before adding, "Nowhere did we state that people could do whatever they wanted to Shia during #IAMSORRY."
"As soon as we were aware of the incident starting to occur, we put a stop to it and ensured that the woman left," the duo said.
Note it is not "rape" but "the incident"
Turner then had an exchange with former CNN host Piers Morgan, who asked why they let LaBeouf's "'rapist' just walk away."
"It wasn't clear at the time precisely what had happened, & the 1st priority was to ensure everybody's safety in the gallery," Turner wrote.
"She ran out, rather than simply walking away. Beyond that, it's not my place to comment."
note: "it's not my place to comment" is found within a comment.
The artists' comments were the latest development in another bizarre round of publicity for the 28-year-old LaBeouf, who made the rape claim during a Q&A feature with a writer from Dazed magazine.
The performance art show invited members of the public to visit LaBeouf one on one while he sat in silence in a room of a Beverly Hills gallery.
Describing the alleged assault to Dazed, LaBeouf said, "One woman who came with her boyfriend, who was outside the door when this happened, whipped my legs for 10 minutes and then stripped my clothing and proceeded to rape me."
"There were hundreds of people in line when she walked out with disheveled hair and smudged lipstick. It was no good, not just for me but her man as well."
The actor also claimed his girlfriend, actress Mia Goth, was waiting in line to see him when the incident occurred.
"So it really hurt her as well, as I guess the news of it travelled through the line," he said.
"When she came in she asked for an explanation, and I couldn't speak, so we both sat with this unexplained trauma silently."
The Daily News reached out to the actor's rep for comment on the sexual abuse allegations, but has not received a response.
The LaBeouf feature in Dazed magazine was paired with an odd, hour-long video of the actor in which he and writer Aimee Cliff sat in silence for an hour with GoPro cameras strapped to their heads.