In an interview piece published earlier this week in Dazed magazine, actor LaBeouf wrote that he had been raped by a woman who attended the performance: "[she] came with her boyfriend, who was outside the door when this happened, whipped my legs for 10 minutes and then stripped my clothing and proceeded to rape me."
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
LaBeouf's collaborators on #IAMSORRY, Finnish artist Nastja Säde Rönkkö and British artist Luke Turner, defended the actor after his rape claim was called "pathetic" by Twitter's arsehole-in-residence, Piers Morgan. The artists posted the same comments on Sunday in order to provide what they called "important clarifications" about the art project.
When asked if the sexual assault against the vulnerable actor was reported to the police, Turner didn't respond but stated that their collaboration with LaBeouf continued. Turner was urged to comment further on the incident when asked by Piers Morgan via Twitter why they had let the rapist "just walk away". (There is a terrible irony to Piers Morgan acting like some sort of moral authority on this, after he'd publicly stated that Shia wasn't a "real rape victim".)
The artist responded:
@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
When discussing the incident with Dazed magazine (an incredibly brave thing to do, imo), LaBeouf explained that news of the assault had "travelled through the line" of attendees waiting to see the performance, and had reached his girlfriend. He said: "When she came in she asked for an explanation, and I couldn't speak, so we both sat with this unexplained trauma silently. It was painful."
The performance art piece #IAMSORRY saw LaBeouf sitting silently behind a desk in a room in LA's Cohen gallery with a paper bag bearing the legend "I am not famous anymore" over his head. Over the course of five days, members of the public queued to sit alone with him in the room with a prop of their choosing.
The art project was publicised with the statement: "Shia LaBeouf is sorry. Sincerely sorry. He to will be in situ at 73 Beverly Boulevard for the duration. Implements will be provided."
LaBeouf stated that the collaboration project was a response to his "genuine existential crisis" after he was accused of plagiarising portions of a Daniel Clowes short story for a film he was working on. The actor had previously worn a paper bag to the Berlin premiere of Lars Von Trier's film Nymphomaniac, and said he intended to retire from public life.
Original ONTD post 1 (Shia mentions in an interview that he was raped during the art project)
Original ONTD post 2 (Piers Morgan calls Shia's rape claim "pathetic", is vile victim-blaming POS, quelle surprise)
Warning to those who missed the previous posts: the victim blaming and "real rape" vs "not-real rape" horseshit sprayed throughout the comment sections will make you want to gauge your own eyes out with a fork.
Let's hope that certain ONTDers have since googled "what is affirmative consent to sex?"