Shia LaBeouf ordered to attend therapy and anger management by judge in battery and theft case

Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf. John Phillips/Getty Images
  • A judge has placed Shia LaBeouf in a judicial diversion program.
  • The program will involve mandatory weekly therapy sessions and anger management.
  • Upon completion, battery and petty theft charges against LaBeouf could be dropped.
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Shia LaBeouf may avoid jail time in his battery and petty theft case from 2020, according to a new report by E! Online.

The outlet reported that LaBeouf appeared in court on Thursday where he was placed in a judicial diversion program, which will include mandatory therapy once a week, anger management, and the 34-year-old actor will be required to participate in a 12-step sobriety program that will involve him wearing a Soberlink device that monitors alcohol consumption.

Diversion programs allow minor offenders to avoid jail time by fulfilling certain conditions including rehabilitation or community service, giving the offender a chance to correct their behaviour without incarceration.

Upon completion of the program, misdemeanor, battery and theft charges against LaBeouf could be dropped, E! reported.

The charges against the “Honey Boy” actor are in connection with an incident that took place last summer in Los Angeles. According to the criminal complaint that was obtained by People magazine, LaBeouf was accused of using force and violence during an altercation with an unnamed young man. LaBeouf also allegedly took a hat belonging to the man.

Representatives for LaBeouf did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

LaBeouf faces another lawsuit filed by his ex-girlfriend, FKA Twigs

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Singer FKA Twigs and Shia LaBeouf. Getty Images

LaBeouf is also currently facing another lawsuit in Los Angeles County, which was filed by his ex-girlfriend FKA Twigs.

In the suit, FKA Twigs, born Tahliah Debrett Barnett, accuses LaBeouf of subjecting her to “relentless abuse” including sexual battery, assault, and infliction of emotional distress during the course of their relationship, which lasted just under one year.

Karolyn Pho, a stylist and former girlfriend of LaBeouf, also accused him of headbutting her and making her bleed in the same lawsuit. The actor has not been charged with a crime in connection with the case and he has denied all their allegations.

In a statement given to Variety at the time, LaBeouf’s attorney said he was “actively” seeking out treatment to address his behavior.

“Shia needs help and he knows that,” said Shawn Holley, a celebrity attorney who previously served on OJ Simpson’s defense team. “We are actively seeking the kind of meaningful, intensive, long-term inpatient treatment that he desperately needs,” the statement read.

During a cover interview with Elle magazine earlier this year, FKA Twigs further detailed the abuse she said Shia LaBeouf inflicted on her and said it was a “miracle” that she survived their relationship.

“I honestly wish I could say that I found some strength and I saw this light. I wish I could say, ‘[It is] a testament to my strong character,’ or ‘It’s the way my mother raised me.’ It’s none of that,” she said. “It’s pure luck that I’m not in that situation anymore.”