FKA Twigs is suing former partner Shia LaBeouf for unspecified damages, claiming that he subjected her to “relentless abuse” over the course of their relationship.
The British singer, otherwise known as Tahliah Barnett, has made a series of disturbing claims about her actor ex, laid out in a recent court filing.
She claims that when they were together, she suffered sexual battery, assault and emotional distress. She also claims that he “knowingly” gave her an STI.
A representative for FKA Twigs spoke to industry publication The Hollywood Reporter, saying:
“We tried to resolve this matter privately on the condition that Mr. LaBeouf agree to receive meaningful and consistent psychological treatment. Since he was unwilling to agree to get appropriate help, Ms. Barnett filed this suit to prevent others from unknowingly suffering similar abuse by him.”
LaBeouf, who dated Twigs in 2018 after they worked together on the film Honey Boy, told The New York Times:
“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.”
After the story broke, FKA Twigs made a lengthy statement to Instagram, saying:
“it may be surprising to you to learn that i was in an emotionally and physically abusive relationship. it was hard for me to process too, during and after i never thought something like this would happen to me. which is why i have decided it’s important for me to talk about it and try to help people understand that when you are under the coercive control of an abuser or in an interpersonal violent relationship leaving doesn’t feel like a safe or achievable option.”
“i hope that by sharing my experience i can truly help others feel like they are not alone and shed some light on how those who are worried somebody they care about may be in an abusive relationship can help because i understand it can be confusing and hard to know what to do. the statistics on domestically abusive and interpersonal violent relationships are shocking and during covid i have been really anxious because i know many victims will have been literally trapped with their abusers with no relief or way to get out.”
“my second worst nightmare is being forced to share with the world that i am a survivor of domestic violence. my first worst nightmare is not telling anyone and knowing that i could have helped even just one person by sharing my story.”
You can see her statement in an Instagram post below:
Help is available.
If you require immediate assistance, please call 000.
If you’d like to speak to someone, please call the 1800 Respect hotline on 1800 737 732 or chat online.