FKA Twigs speaks out after suing ex Shia LaBeouf over alleged abuse
The singer has filed a lawsuit against the Hollywood actor for sexual battery, assault and infliction of emotional distress
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FKA Twigs has spoken out after it was revealed she is suing ex-partner Shia LaBeouf for ‘relentless’ physical, emotional and mental abuse.
The British singer-song writer, 32, has claimed that the Hollywood actor knowingly gave her an STD during their year long romance, in court documents filed in Los Angeles Superior court according to the New York Times.
She also alleges that Shia pulled a pistol on her while they were driving and slammed her up against a car and attempted to strangle her.
The pair started dating in 2018 when they worked on the film Honey Boy together and split in May 2019.
Speaking to her fans on Twitter after the allegations made headlines on Friday, the singer – whose real name is Tahliah Debrett Barnett – said that she wanted to share her experience to help others ‘trapped in abusive relationships’.
The Cheltenham-born musician said that it felt like a ‘nightmare’ to tell her story but if she could help just one person it would be worth it.
Opening up to her 416,000 followers, she said: “It may be surprising to you to learn that i was in an emotionally and physically abusive relationship. It was hard for me to process too, during and after i never thought something like this would happen to me.
“Which is why i have decided it’s important for me to talk about it and try to help people understand that when you are under the coercive control of an abuser or in an intimate partner violent relationship leaving doesn’t feel like a safe or achievable option.”
She went on: “I hope that by sharing my experience i can truly help others feel like they are not alone and shed some light on how those who are worried somebody they care about may be in an abusive relationship can help because i understand it can be confusing and hard to know what to do.
“The statistics on domestically abusive and intimate partner violence relationships are shocking and during covid i have been really anxious because i know many victims will have been literally trapped with their abusers with no relief or way to get out.
“My second worst nightmare is being forced to share with the world that i am a survivor of domestic violence my first worst nightmare is not telling anyone and knowing that i could have helped even just one person by sharing my story
Shia has not commented on the lawsuit allegations, but told the New York Times he had: “been abusive to myself and everyone round me for years”.
“I’m not in any position to tell anyone how my behaviour made them feel,” he said in an email to the paper.