- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Actor Shia LaBeouf on Tuesday blamed his very public arrest last summer in Georgia on a mix between “white privilege” and “desperation” stemming from his long battle with alcoholism.

While filming “The Peanut Butter Falcon” in July, Mr. LaBeouf was arrested in Savannah for public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and obstruction. Videos of the arrest, 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.

Mr. LaBeouf later apologized for his behavior, but opened up about the arrest Tuesday to Esquire magazine. He said he’s sober now and conducted practice interviews with his therapist for the past two months in preparation for the interview.

“What went on in Georgia was mortifying,” the actor said. “White privilege and desperation and disaster. … It came from a place of self-centered delusion. … It was me trying to absolve myself of guilt for getting arrested.

“I f–ed up,” he added.

Mr. LaBeouf, who was also arrested in January 2017 after he allegedly got into an altercation with another man while filming his anti-Donald Trump project “He will not divide us” outside a New York City museum, said his antics have caused him to be marginalized in Hollywood.

“I’m run out,” he said. “No one’s giving me a shot right now. Spike Lee is making a movie. I was talking to him about it. He goes to the money and pushes to try to get me in the movie, the money says no, and that’s the end of me hanging out with Spike Lee for this film.”

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