Shia LaBeouf has been freed after allegedly assaulting a man at his own "He Will Not Divide Us" protest. He may have been responding to a man who antagonized him with pro-Hitler sentiments.
Last night, Shia LaBeouf's arrest was recorded via the live stream of his ongoing "He Will Not Divide Us" protest at the Museum of the Museum Image in Astoria, Queens. LaBeouf has been charged with misdemeanor assault, reports ABC7NY. He was released early Thursday morning and given a ticket for a later court date. He left the police station in a cab and headed straight back to the protest.
At around 12:35 AM (Jan. 26), LaBeouf and a 25-year-old Bronx man got into a verbal dispute, which led to the 30-year-old actor allegedly trying to rip off the man's scarf, scratching his face in the process and then shoving him away, according to police. You can witness his arrest in the below clip. LaBeouf was sporting an NYPD sweatshirt at the time.
It seems that the dispute in question occurred off-camera, so it is not exactly clear what went down. According to a Twitter account created in support of the "He Will Not Divide Us" protest, LaBeouf got arrested for pushing away a man who told him, "Hitler did nothing wrong," right after the actor had agreed to take a selfie with him. A clip of that incident is available below.
Though the "He Will Not Divide Us" account claims that LaBeouf was arrested for his reaction to being confronted with pro-Hitler rhetoric, one should note that the above scenario did not take place late at night and that the man who made the offensive remark does not appear to be wearing a scarf.
During the live stream, LaBeouf addressed the presence of Nazi sentiments at the protest shortly before he recedes into the background and gets put in handcuffs. "How are we gonna make this shit OK to be a Nazi out here?" he asks the camera. "That's bullshit, bro. It is not OK!"
The "He Will Not Divide Us" protest is currently streaming here. LaBeouf plans to keep it live for the next four years.
Shia welcomed him and was open to taking a video or picture with him but then gets hate for pushing away a man speaking hate speech.— #HeWillNotDivideUs (@HWNDUS) January 26, 2017
Shia a Jewish man got arrested because he was defending himself against a neo-nazi, who was verbally attacking him. #FreeShia— #HeWillNotDivideUs (@HWNDUS) January 26, 2017
we are really living in a society now that arrests a jewish man for non violently trying to silence nazis who are antagonizing him #freeshia— #HeWillNotDivideUs (@HWNDUS) January 26, 2017