FKA Twigs breaks down in tears as she claims ex Shia LaBeouf could have 'killed them both' as he threatened to crash car
FKA Twigs broke down in tears as she claimed her ex-boyfriend, Shia LaBeouf, could have "killed them both" as he threatened to crash their car.
Back in December, FKA filed a lawsuit against Shia, claiming that he abused her "physically, emotionally, and mentally many times in a relationship that lasted just short of a year."
In an interview with CBS This Morning, FKA Twigs opened up to Gayle King about the moment Shia, 34, allegedly threatened her life after a fight.
She claimed that around Valentine's Day 2019, the two had taken a "disturbing" trip to a spa in Palm Springs and when they were coming back, he was "speeding down the motorway and saying that if I said I didn't love him and if I was going to leave him, he would smash the car to the side of a wall."
The singer – whose real name is Tahliah Debrett Barnett – claimed: "When I thought 'Wow, he needs so much control over me that he would kill us both.' And eventually, he pulled over to a gas station and I tried to unload my bags from the car and there were three men opposite the car and I remember thinking 'This is it, I'm done, I can't do this anymore.'
The 33-year-old then claimed that "he picked [her] up, threw [her] against the car, and started strangling [her]."
"That's when I realized I need help to get out of this relationship," she said as she claimed that the three men at the gas station didn't help and simply watched. "I felt so alone."
The British hitmaker then claimed she called a helpline for domestic abuse victims.
She claimed as she began to cry: "After that weekend and going back to where I was staying, I looked at myself in the mirror and one side of me was, like, completely black. And I was so shocked, you know?"
The singer began to apologize for crying and said she didn't want to cry on camera.
She continued: "So I've gone back to where I was staying, and the whole one side of my body is black and blue.
"And I remember thinking, you know, I'm a dancer and I really love my body, and I take such good care of it.
"And I was looking at my body and I just thought, 'Where did it all go wrong? How am I here?' I never saw this for my life."
In the same interview, FKA Twigs claimed he forced her to sleep naked so she was always "available" to him.
She claimed that Shia "would often start an argument with me in the middle of the night."
"He would start accusing me of doing all sorts of things, planning to leave him in my head," she claimed. "That I was disgusting and vile.
"Nothing was ever true but I would really doubt myself, especially when I would wake up, and he would be like 'You were lying there with your eyes open, planning to leave me.' And I would be like 'I was literally asleep.'
"He would only want me to sleep naked because he said if I didn't, I was keeping myself from him.
"It's this tactic that a lot of abusers use, it's just this constant availability and everything's centered around them and I think.
"That's why I wanted to come out and talk about this because the signs really are from the beginning."
CBS reached out to Shia for comment but the actor didn't respond by the time of publication.
This was FKA Twigs' first interview after she filed a lawsuit against Shia, claiming that he abused her.
She accused him in court docs of "relentless abuse," including sexual battery, assault, and infliction of emotional distress.
FKA also alleged that Shia "knowingly" gave her a sexually transmitted disease.
At the time, Shia told The New York Times in an email: "I’m not in any position to tell anyone how my behavior made them feel.
"I have no excuses for my alcoholism or aggression, only rationalizations. I have been abusive to myself and everyone around me for years.
"I have a history of hurting the people closest to me.
"I’m ashamed of that history and am sorry to those I hurt. There is nothing else I can really say."
In a separate email after he was presented with the claims and the lawsuit, he told New York Times that "many of these allegations are not true."
The Honey Boy actor acknowledged that he owed the women "the opportunity to air their statements publicly and accept accountability for those things I have done."
FKA Twigs' lawsuit included claims made by a previous partner of the actor.
He also added that he was "a sober member of a 12-step program" and was currently in therapy.
He said: "But I am committed to doing what I need to do to recover, and I will forever be sorry to the people that I may have harmed along the way."
Following FKA Twigs' claims, Shia's lawyer, Shawn Holley, told Variety that "Shia needs help and he knows that."
She added: “We are actively seeking the kind of meaningful, intensive, long-term inpatient treatment that he desperately needs.”
He was also fired from movies and dropped by his talent agency.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) at 800-656-HOPE (4673).
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