FKA Twigs has finally received a trial date for her lawsuit against Shia LaBeouf.
The singer’s charges against LaBeouf include sexual battery, assault and infliction of emotional distress. According to Rolling Stone, the trial will begin on April 17, 2023.
In the lawsuit, the singer recalled an incident where she woke up to see LaBeouf towering over her. According to the court documents, she alleged that he violently squeezed her arms against her will and choked her. As he was strangling her, he was whispering, “If you don’t stop you are going to lose me,” the lawsuit states.
The alleged incident took place on Valentine’s Day 2019.
“I’d like to be able to raise awareness on the tactics that abusers use to control you and take away your agency,” FKA twigs, real name Tahliah Debrett Barnett, said via the NY Times.
Appearing on CBS This Morning last February, Gayle King asked her: “Nobody who’s been in this position likes this question, and I often wonder if it’s even appropriate to ask… why didn’t you leave?”
The singer responded: “I know that you’re asking it out of love, but like, I’m just going to make a stance and say I’m not going to answer that question anymore because the question should really be to the abuser: ‘Why are you holding someone hostage with abuse?’ People say, ‘Oh, it can’t have been that bad, because she would’ve left.’ And it’s like, no, because it was that bad, I couldn’t leave.”
LaBeouf initially responded in an email to the New York Times. “I’m not in any position to tell anyone how my behaviour made them feel,” he wrote. “I have no excuses for my alcoholism or aggression, only rationalisations. I have been abusive to myself and everyone around me for years. I have a history of hurting the people closest to me. I’m ashamed of that history and am sorry to those I hurt. There is nothing else I can say.”
He denied the claims of violdence.