FKA Twigs has opened up further about the harrowing abuse she says she suffered at the hands of ex-boyfriend Shia LeBeouf. The singer, who was born Tahliah Debrett Barnett, said in a recent interview that the relationship left her afraid for her safety and that “it’s a miracle I came out alive.” While LaBeouf denies all allegations, Barnett claims he used “calculated, systematic, tricky, and mazelike” tactics to control every area of her life.
Amongst the verbal and emotional abuse Barnett says she experienced, she also claims that the Transformers star subjected her to sleep deprivation, as well as sexual battery and physical assault. “If you put a frog in a boiling pot of water, that frog is going to jump out straightaway,” she said in the new interview. “Whereas if you put a frog in cool water and heat it up slowly, that frog is going to boil to death. That was my experience being with [LaBeouf].”
Barnett, who has filed a civil suit against the actor, sat down with Gayle King for This Morning to share further details about what she went through. “He would often just start having an argument with me in the middle of the night, start accusing me of doing all sorts of things, planning to leave him in my head,” she told King. “He’d wake me up, tell me I was disgusting, that I was vile.”
She accuses LaBeouf of sexual battery, assault & inflicting emotional distress — allegations he denies.
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“singer, who met LaBeouf on set of the film Honeyboy, says that his constant berating left her paranoid and unsure of herself. “But this is the thing – I would really doubt myself. You know, especially when I’d, like, wake up and he’d be like, ‘You were lying there with your eyes open, planning to leave me.’ And I’d be like, ‘I literally was asleep,’” she said, revealing that the actor made her sleep naked so that she wasn’t “keeping myself from him”.
While he denies Barnett’s allegations, LeBeouf has since entered into a treatment program, with his lawyer telling Variety, “Shia needs help and he knows that.”