Transformers actor Shia LaBeouf will no longer face assault charges following an incident that occurred in January this year at his anti-Donald Trump art installation. LaBeouf was arrested following a confrontation at his live-streamed video project in New York, and was charged with assault and harassment.
According to a BBC report, the spokeswoman for the district attorney in New York’s Queen’s district told US media that the case would be dismissed because of insufficient evidence. The police had earlier claimed that the actor had ripped the scarf of a 25-year-old man who interfered with his ongoing art demonstration at the Museum of Moving Image.
The man had his face scratched, and was pushed to the ground by LeBeouf. The actor was all set to appear in court over the incident on April 7, but that has now been called off.
The ‘He Will Not Divide Us‘ art installation was created by LaBeouf along with artists Nastja Sade Ronkko and Luke Turner, with the intention that the live-stream would run throughout President Trump’s time in office.
The live -stream was supposed to continue for the four years of Trump’s presidency, but the museum pulled out their support for the project in early February stating that the site had become “a flash-point for violence”. The protest-project had lost support in a number of places, the latest being Liverpool, UK.
The actor turned to art in 2014. He, Rönkkö & Turner have engaged in numerous high-profile performance art projects, including #IAMSORRY (2014), #INTRODUCTIONS (2015), #ALLMYMOVIES (2015), #TOUCHMYSOUL (2015), #TAKEMEANYWHERE (2016), and HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US (2017–ongoing).
He is set to play former tennis player John McEnroe in the Swedish sports drama Borg vs. McEnroe.