Shia LaBeouf Collaborators Comment on Alleged Rape of Star During Art Performance
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."
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."
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.
A couple of important clarifications about our #IAMSORRY project earlier this year:— Luke Turner (@Luke_Turner) November 30, 2014
Nowhere did we state that people could do whatever they wanted to Shia during #IAMSORRY.— Luke Turner (@Luke_Turner) November 30, 2014
As soon as we were aware of the incident starting to occur, we put a stop to it and ensured that the woman left.— Luke Turner (@Luke_Turner) November 30, 2014
@piersmorgan It wasn’t clear at the time precisely what had happened, & the 1st priority was to ensure everybody's safety in the gallery…1/2— Luke Turner (@Luke_Turner) November 30, 2014
@piersmorgan She ran out, rather than simply walking away. Beyond that, it's not my place to comment. 2/2— Luke Turner (@Luke_Turner) November 30, 2014