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Former Transformers star Shia LaBeouf has been making a name for himself — not by starring in big blockbusters or independent dramas, but for getting into trouble with the law.

Back in July of this year, LaBeaouf was shooting the indie drama The Peanut Butter Falcon in Georgia, where he was arrested for obstruction, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness following an outburst. Here's how the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police described it:

Around 4:00 a.m., Shia LaBeouf, 31, approached a bystander and an SCMPD officer near the intersection of Barnard Street and West St. Julian Street, asking for a cigarette. When LaBeouf wasn’t given a cigarette, he became disorderly, using profanities and vulgar language in front of the women and children present. He was told to leave the area and refused, becoming aggressive toward the officer. When the officer attempted to place LaBeouf under arrest, LaBeouf ran to a nearby hotel. LaBeouf was arrested in the hotel lobby, where his disorderly behavior continued.

Now LaBeaouf has received a year's worth of probation after pleading guilty to the misdemeanor charge of obstruction, while the latter charge was dropped by prosecutors. In addition to probation, the actor will be required to attend anger management sessions and counseling for drug and alcohol use.

The arrest garnered LaBeaouf more infamy when footage of him swearing and throwing expletives at the arresting officers, including racial slurs, made its way online. LaBeouf later apologized for his vulgar tirade, saying that he had no excuses for this "new low."

This is not LaBeouf's first arrest or confrontation with authorities. Just seven months before the incident in Georgia, LaBeouf was arrested in New York City for allegedly assaulting someone at his "He Will Not Divide Us" art installation, which protested the election of President Donald Trump. The charges were later dropped, and LaBeouf was able to return to his 24/7 protest exhibit.

LaBeouf is undoubtedly a talented actor, but his string of legal incidents is more than concerning. Hopefully, with professional help and some time away from the public light, LaBeouf will get his career and life back on track.

What do you think about Shia LaBeouf's recent arrests? Sound off in the comments below!

[Sources: Chicago Tribune, Deadline, Entertainment Weekly]


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