Breaking News: Shia LaBeouf Escorted Out of CABARET in Handcuffs
This just in... First reported via both audience, and cast member reports on social media and then confirmed by BroadwayWorld.com, actor Shia LaBeouf was escorted out of Roundabout's production of Cabaret at Studio 54 during the show's intermission in handcuffs.
BroadwayWorld.com confirmed shortly thereafter that the actor was reportedly disruptive during the first act of the Tony-nominated revival, and then escorted out by police during intermission.
Those on the street tell us that LaBeouf was in tears when taken away by police, and that audience members on the scene described the actor as having been extremely disruptive throughout the entire first act of the show. Further confirmed by Ryan Parker of the LA Times, "Shia LaBeouf is in NYPD custody after being escorted out of CABARET the musical. He is being questioned, police tell me."
Updated 11:00 PM: ABC News has reported that "LaBeouf, 28, was smoking inside the theater and engaging in other disruptive behavior, police said. When he was asked to leave, he refused and then threatened the officers and people on the sidewalk outside. He was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct and one count of criminal trespassing."
According to cast member Danny Burstein on Facebook, "Ladies and gentlemen, this is your places call for Act II. Also, to let you know, Shia LaBeouf has just been escorted from the building in handcuffs."
Yep, that just happened.
On Twitter, Tony nominee Benj Pasek noted "Just saw Shia LaBeouf in handcuffs surrounded by 6 police offers outside of Cabaret the musical."
The actor famously departed the production of Broadway's ORPHANS last season, with the producers announcing that he would not continue with the production. After additional details on the termination were revealed by LaBeouf on Twitter, he was then replaced by Ben Foster, who co-starred with Alec Baldwin and Tom Sturridge in the production, which concluded its Broadway run in May of 2013. Upon his departure, he shared several emails, explaining why he dropped out of the production, including personal emails with Alec Baldwin, Tom Sturridge and more, as well as his audition tape.
Earlier in 2014, LaBeouf joined and then quickly departed ROCK THE KASBAH, a comedy film being directed by Barry Levinson. In February, he noted that he was 'retiring from public life because of attacks against his artistic integrity.'
LaBeouf began his career in the Disney Channel series Even Stevens, for which he received a Daytime Emmy Award, and with his film debut in Holes (2003), based on the novel of the same name by Louis Sachar. In 2004, he made his directorial debut with the short film Let's Love Hate and later directed and shot the music video for "I Never Knew You" by rapper Cage.
In 2007, LaBeouf starred as the lead in the commercially successful films, Disturbia, Transformers and Surf's Up. His other films include Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008),Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010), and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), followed by Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac."
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