"People are in line to sort of point the finger at him and say that he's this, that, or the other. It's easy to judge. But I'm sure he's going through some kind of personal, very painful, cathartic thing that he has to exorcise and get out there," Gibson continued.
But Gibson is hopeful that LaBeouf will turn his life around.
"He'll probably play it out and come back ... He'll be all right. I actually like the kid. I think he's good."