Shia LaBeouf Collaborators Comment on Alleged Rape of Star During Art Performance

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Artists Luke Turner and Nastja Sade Ronkko tweet to confirm they intervened to stop the assault during the #IAMSORRY show earlier this year

The artists who collaborated with Shia LaBeouf on the performance art project during which the actor alleged he was raped have taken to Twitter to clarify what happened. 

British artist Luke Turner, who worked with Finnish artist Nastja Sade Ronkko on the #IAMSORRY project with LaBeouf, tweeted on Sunday that they never "stated that people could do whatever they wanted to Shia." Turner then tweeted that they had intervened as soon as he and Ronkko had become aware of the incident. They had "put a stop to it and ensured that the woman left."

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In an email interview with Dazed magazine, LaBeouf wrote that a woman who had come to see his performance at a Beverly Boulevard gallery had "whipped" his legs for 10 minutes "and then stripped my clothing and proceeded to rape me."

For the #IAMSORRY show, LaBeouf spent a week living inside the gallery, where he sat at a wooden table wearing an "I am not famous anymore" paper bag over his head. Visitors were allowed to select from a number of "implements," including a whip, and were able to have one-on-one interactions with him.

The incident and LaBeouf's revelation of it has proven incredibly controversial, with many believing that the Fury actor was overstating what had happened or had made it up for publicity purposes. One of the most vocal critics of LaBeouf has been Piers Morgan, who tweeted "I've no problem with Shia LaBeouf doing dumb things in the name of art. I have a big problem with him crying fake rape to promote himself."

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Morgan challenged Turner on Twitter with the question of why he let LaBeouf's "'rapist just walk away." Turner responded by stating that it wasn't clear initially what had happened and that the woman "ran out, rather than simply walking away" and beyond that, it wasn't his place to comment. 

 

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