- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 13, 2017

Shia LaBeouf apologized Wednesday for verbally abusing police officers who arrested him Saturday in Georgia for public drunkenness.

“I am deeply ashamed of my behavior and make no excuses for it,” the 31-year-old actor said in a statement posted to Twitter. “I don’t know if these statements are too frequent, or not shared often enough, but I am certain that my actions warrant a very sincere apology to the arresting officers, and I am grateful for their restraint. The severity of my behavior is not lost on me.”

Mr. LaBeouf acknowledged he’s been battling addiction for years and is taking his first steps toward recovery.

“My outright disrespect for authority is problematic to say the least, and completely destructive to say the worst,” he wrote. “It is a new low. A low I hope is the bottom. I have been struggling with addiction publicly for too long, and I am actively taking steps toward securing my sobriety and hope I can be forgiven for my mistakes.”

Videos of Mr. LaBeouf’s arrest in Savannah, published by TMZ, showed the “Fury” actor berating police officers in the back of a patrol car and while he was being fingerprinted at the Savannah Police Department. He accused the police of being racist against him and told a black officer he was going to hell because of his skin color.

The incident started when the actor was refused a cigarette by a passerby near his Savannah hotel, police said.

“He became disorderly, using profanities and vulgar language in front of the women and children present,” a police report said, Rolling Stone reported. “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.”

The “Transformers” star was booked for disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, and obstruction and was released on a $7,000 bond.

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