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LaBeouf released after theatre row

Published 27/06/2014 | 06:22

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Shia LeBeouf was taken out of a theatre for being disorderly, the New York Police Department said (AP)

Hollywood star Shia LaBeouf has been released after being taken out of a New York City theatre for allegedly being disorderly and yelling obscenities.

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The actor, wearing a ripped blue T-shirt, skinny jeans and boots, walked several blocks to a hotel, surrounded by media, after his court appearance. He declined to comment. He is due back in court on July 24.

A spokesman for the Broadway show Cabaret said LaBeouf was "disruptive during Act 1" and was escorted out of the Studio 54 theatre at the interval last night.

The 28-year-old star of the Transformers franchise faces charges including disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.

LaBeouf's other films include Indiana Jones And The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Disturbia and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

According to police, security guards asked LaBeouf to leave the theatre but he refused, used obscene language and physically interfered with employees.

Police said he made aggressive statements and threats to security guards and police officers.

He was acting irrationally, continued to make aggressive statements and used foul language after he was removed from the theatre and throughout the arrest process, police said.

Officers said he appeared intoxicated or under the influence of some kind of drug.

Last year, LaBeouf pulled out of what would have been his Broadway debut in Orphans, a play starring Alec Baldwin. LaBeouf left the production over what was described as "creative differences" and was replaced by Ben Foster.

In February, the actor participated in a performance-art oddity at a Los Angeles art gallery, wearing a bag over his head with the words "I am not famous any more" scrawled in black ink across it.

The stunt came days after he posed on the red carpet at the Berlin Film Festival in the same getup.

At the same festival, he walked out of a news conference after answering a reporter's question by saying: "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much." The line was borrowed from French football star Eric Cantona who baffled reporters with it in the mid-1990s.

Last year, LaBeouf came under fire for borrowing the storyline and dialogue for his short film Howard Cantour.com, which closely resembled 2007 graphic novel The Death-Ray by Daniel Clowes.

LaBeouf apologised on Twitter in a series of posts that were directly lifted from other famous mea culpas.

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