Shia LaBeouf pleads guilty to disorderly conduct

2014-09-11 09:04

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New York – Shia LaBeouf has admitted to acting up at a Broadway show, pleading guilty to disorderly conduct in one of several episodes of bizarre behaviour the former Transformers star has displayed in recent years.

LaBeouf, whose representatives have said has had treatment for an alcohol problem since his June arrest, sombrely answered a judge’s questions as he pleaded guilty yesterday in a deal that involves no jail time or probation.

If he stays in treatment for at least three months and out of trouble for six, he will be allowed to withdraw the guilty plea and the case will be dismissed.

“Are you pleading guilty because you are guilty?” Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Diana Boyar asked, a standard question in such pleas.

“Yes, your honour,” LaBeouf said.

He declined to comment as he left court encircled by news cameras.

“We appreciate the thoughtfulness of the resolution of the matter by the [Manhattan] district attorney’s office,” said his lawyer, G Robert Gage.

According to court papers, LaBeouf (28) was watching Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams in a Cabaret revival on June 24 when he started smoking cigarettes, yelling at the actors onstage, and swearing at security guards.

As he was escorted out, he hollered: “Do you know who I am?” When he was taken to a police precinct, he spat at an officer’s feet, according to the documents.

He faced charges including a misdemeanour trespassing offence and some noncriminal violations, disorderly conduct among them.

Assistant District Attorney Alyssa Russell told the judge that prosecutors had made the plea agreement “based on the fact that the defendant has been in continuous treatment since his arrest”.

He’s been treated at the Hills Treatment Centre in Los Angeles, Gage said, declining to detail the treatment. The Hills wouldn’t comment.

LaBeouf’s publicist said in July he was voluntarily being treated for alcoholism but hadn’t checked into a rehab facility.

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