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LaBeouf pleads guilty to disorderly conduct, his life not a cabaret

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Shia LaBeouf, 28, actor and director, pleaded guilty on Sept. 11 to a charge for disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing at New York’s Studio 54 theater during a Broadway Cabaret performance on June 26.

LaBeouf yelled loudly and refused to leave his seat. As he was removed from the audience, he cursed and even spat at the arresting officers. “Do you know who the f*** I am?” he yelled.

The judge ordered LaBeouf to complete six months of alcohol-abuse treatment. He has been receiving treatment since his summer arrest, and he has three months to go.

If LaBeouf holds up his end of the plea bargain and goes 6 months without causing trouble, his case will be dismissed when he attends court again on Nov. 12. LaBeouf could be jailed for up to 15 days if he breaks the conditions of his plea.

This is not LaBeouf’s first encounter with the law.

In Feb. 2005, he was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon during an encounter with his neighbor. In Nov. 2007, LaBeouf was arrested for misdemeanor criminal trespassing while at a Walgreens in Chicago. The charges were dropped a month later. In Mar. 2008, LaBeouf paid a $500 fine that also resulted in dropped charges. In Feb. 2011, LaBeouf was involved in an altercation at a bar in Los Angeles. He was put in handcuffs, but never taken into custody.

Considering that LaBeouf’s history with the police has never ended in jail time, his punishment is fair enough. He’s certainly not a flight-risk, and alcohol treatment might be the best thing for him right now.

LaBeouf, of course, started his acting career portraying Louis Stevens in the Disney Channel hit show “Even Stevens.” His movie career took flight back in 2003 when he starred in the movie adaptation of Holes, based on the same-named novel written by Louis Sachar.

Since then, he has starred in many successful box office movies including “Disturbia,” “Transformers” and its first two sequels, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”

He’s not scared of showing skin either. He has appeared nude in a Sigur Rós music video titled “Fjögur Píanó” and the 2013 explicit sex film “Nymphomaniac.”

Back in January, LaBeouf gained media attention when he was accused of plagiarizing a comic created by Dan Clowes. After receiving the accusations, LaBeouf tweeted, “In light of the recent attacks against my artistic integrity, I am retiring from all public life.” He went on to tweet “I am not famous anymore” 22 times over the course of one month.

LaBeouf’s other publicity stunts include walking out of a press conference when asked about filming sex scenes for “Nymphomaniac” and wearing a brown bag over his head with the words “I am not famous anymore” on the red-carpet premiere.

LaBeouf’s career leaves room for his creative projects as well. LaBeouf enjoys performance art. His latest project “#Metamarathon” will be featured at a Metamodernism symposium in Amsterdam.

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