Shia LaBeouf Apologizes for Arrest and Racist Rant: "I Am Deeply Ashamed"
"My outright disrespect for authority is problematic to say the least, and completely destructive to say the worst," the actor wrote on social media after a video of his racist rant went public.
Shia LaBeouf has apologized for his recent erratic behavior just days after he was arrested on suspicion of obstruction, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.
The actor was taken into custody by the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police in Georgia during the early morning hours of July 8 after he lashed out at a bystander for refusing to give him a cigarette. Police stated that LaBeouf used "profanities and vulgar language" and showed aggression toward a police officer after being asked to leave the area.
According to TMZ, the arrest included a racist rant, in which the actor accuses the police of being racist, or "a black man arrested me for being white." He also yelled at a black cop, "You're going to hell, straight to hell, bro."
LaBeouf, who was later released on a $7,000 bond, wrote that he was "deeply ashamed" of his actions in a message posted to social media Wednesday.
"I am deeply ashamed of my behavior and make no excuse for it. I don't know if these statements are too frequent, or not shared often enough, but I am certain that my actions warrant a very sincere apology to the arresting officers, and I am grateful for their restraint," he wrote. "The severity of my behavior is not lost on me."
The post continued: "My outright disrespect for authority is problematic to say the least, and completely destructive to say the worst. It is a new low. A low I hope is a bottom."
In May, the actor was sued for defamation and assault for swearing and yelling at a bartender in a Studio City bowling alley after being refused a drink because he appeared to be too intoxicated.
LaBeouf concluded his post by asking for forgiveness for his "mistakes" and revealed that he's making an effort to get sober.
"I have been struggling with addiction publicly for far too long, and I am actively taking steps toward securing my sobriety and hope I can be forgiven for my mistakes."