When Shia LaBeouf spoke out about how a woman raped him during his #IAMSORRY performance, the public reaction was one of doubt, but the actor's fellow collaborators have spoken out to confirm the event did actually occur.
Shia's exhibition collaborators, Luke Turner and Nastja Säde Rönkkö, have both confirmed that a woman did sexually violate LaBeouf during the performance art show, and that they were the people who eventually stopped her.
In a statements issued by Säde Rönkkö via Twitter, the Finnish born artist explained:
A couple of important clarifications about our #IAMSORRY project earlier this year: Nowhere did we state that people could do whatever they wanted to Shia during #IAMSORRY. As soon as we were aware of the incident starting to occur, we put a stop to it and ensured that the woman left.
The other artist involved, Luke Turner, also spoke out to explain that they didn't immediately call the police because it took them a while to realize what had happened. He said:
It wasn’t clear at the time precisely what had happened, & the 1st priority was to ensure everybody’s safety in the gallery. She ran out, rather than simply walking away. Beyond that, it’s not my place to comment
Whether LaBeouf's choice to accept the sexual assault in the name of art is something you can get your head around is another question entirely, but he is clearly not the person in the wrong here.
Judging by LaBeouf's past behavior and his struggles to conquer addiction, it isn't a great leap to imagine he was in a very vulnerable place when he decided to create the art work that was, in itself, an exploration of vulnerability.
The fact somebody chose to exploit that is pretty fucked up.
How do you feel about the public's response to LaBeouf's allegations?
(Source: The Guardian)
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