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Lawsuit accuses actor Shia LaBeouf of sexual battery
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Lawsuit accuses actor Shia LaBeouf of sexual battery

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UK singer-songwriter FKA twigs has filed a lawsuit in L.A. accusing ex-boyfriend Shia LaBeouf of sexual battery and assault. The lawsuit that says Mr. LaBeouf, 34, abused FKA twigs physically, emotionally and mentally during a one-year relationship.

Musician-actress FKA twigs has filed a sexual battery lawsuit against actor Shia LaBeouf, claiming the actor mentally and physically abused her during a "living nightmare" relationship.

In a complaint submitted Friday to Los Angeles County Superior Court, the musician and actress whose legal name is Tahliah Barnett says she started dating LaBeouf soon after their movie "Honey Boy" wrapped in 2018.

Barnett, 32, says LaBeouf, 34, mounted a "charm offensive" at first but then started "belittling her and berating her after the slightest perceived insult" once they moved in together in October 2018 and became "increasingly violent."

Shia LaBeouf

In this Nov. 3, 2019, file photo, Shia LaBeouf arrives at the 23rd annual Hollywood Film Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

When they visited a hotel spa to celebrate Valentine's Day 2019, LaBeouf allegedly woke her from a slumber and "grasped his hands around (her) neck and began strangling her while whispering, 'If you don't stop you are going to lose me.'"

Barnett was so terrified, she "lay there frozen" while LaBeouf "continued to harm her," the lawsuit obtained by the Daily News states.

The next day outside the hotel, LaBeouf allegedly threw Barnett to the ground. As they made their way home, he started driving maniacally, "removing his seat belt and threatening to crash the car unless Tahliah professed eternal love for him," the paperwork claims.

When the couple stopped at a gas station, LaBeouf "threw Tahlia against the car and attempted to strangle her violently while screaming in her face," the lawsuit says.

"Shia LeBeouf hurts women. He uses them. He abuses them both physically and mentally. He is dangerous," the complaint alleges.

"For too long, LaBeouf has sought to excuse his reprehensible actions as the eccentricities of a free-thinking 'artist,'" it says.

It claims LaBeouf has been deemed a "harmless figure of fun" in the media, enabling him to "perpetuate his cycle of abuse of women."

The 16-page complaint says Barnett had only recently ended her four-year engagement to "Twilight" actor Robert Pattinson when LaBeouf professed his love during their first few weeks of dating.

Once he gained her trust and convinced her to move in, LaBeouf began "exhibiting frequent rage" and would escalate minor disagreements over matters as inconsequential as taste in art to "apocalyptic levels," the paperwork states.

Barnett alleges LaBeouf knowingly infected her with a sexually transmitted disease that he also spread to "other unsuspecting women."

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