Olivia Wilde Fired Shia LaBeouf From Don't Worry Darling
Shia LaBeouf was originally slated to star in the new film Don't Worry Darling, but Harry Styles replaced the 34-year-old actor in September. New details are now being revealed about why Shia left the film.
E! News has learned that highly anticipated director Olivia Wilde actually fired LaBeouf from the project, which also includes Florence Pugh, Chris Pine and Dakota Johnson. Wilde's representative could not be reached for comment.
Initial reports of LaBeouf leaving the film cited planning conflicts, but according to Variety, although filming had not yet begun, Wilde fired him early for "behaving badly and his style clashing with the cast and crew."
"It's not easy to work with," a source told Variety, claiming that some people associated with the project - including Wilde, who described their sets have a "zero asshole policy" - found LaBeouf "repulsive". "
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The news comes just a few weeks after Wilde expressed support for FKA branches, which filed a Dec. 11 lawsuit against her ex-boyfriend LaBeouf for alleged sexual battery, assault, and intentional infliction of emotional stress. In court documents from E! News, the singer-songwriter née Tahliah Debrett Barnett, accused LaBeouf of "relentless abuse".
The day after the lawsuit was filed, Olivia shared a screen cover of an article in the New York Times that posted details of the lawsuit on her Instagram stories: "Love, Respect and Support, FKA Twigs."
In the same NYT article, another former friend of LaBeouf's, Karolyn Pho, claimed he had molested her too. Following the publication of these allegations, singer Sia also made her own allegations against LaBeouf, describing how he allegedly had me "involved in an adulterous relationship that claims to be single".
LaBeouf did not respond to Sia's claims, but he did send an email to the New York Times saying that many of the claims made by FKA branches and Pho are "not true".
In his statement on release, LaBeouf wrote: "I have no excuses for my alcoholism or aggression, just rationalizations. I have abused myself and everyone around me for years. I have hurt those closest to me in the past. I am ashamed of this story and apologize to those I have hurt. There is nothing I can really say. "
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In the weeks since the abuse allegation, LaBeouf's name has been removed from the Netflix awards website. On December 21, E! News reported that the actor's name was removed from the For Your Consideration page of the streaming service's promotional material for the upcoming film Pieces of a Woman.
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