FKA Twigs is speaking out further about her abuse allegations against ex Shia LaBeouf.
In her first TV interview since filing a civil lawsuit against the actor, accusing him of sexual battery, assault, and inflicting emotional distress, Twigs talks to Gayle King for “CBS This Morning”.
The musician, whose real name is Tahliah Debrett Barnett, tells King, “He would often start an argument with me in the middle of the night, start accusing me of doing all sorts of things, planning to leave him in my head. He would wake me up to tell me I was disgusting and vile.”
She accuses LaBeouf of sexual battery, assault & inflicting emotional distress — allegations he denies.
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As King mentions that none of the things he was accusing her of were true, Twigs replies, “Nothing was ever true. This is the thing, but I would really doubt myself, especially when I would wake up and he would be like, ‘You were lying there with your eyes open planning to leave me,’ and I would be like, ‘I literally was asleep.’
“But then he would, like, only want me to sleep naked because he said if I didn’t then I was keeping myself from him. So, you know, it’s a tactic that a lot of abusers use, this constant availability and everything is centred around them and I think that is why I wanted to come out and talk about this because the signs really are there from the beginning.”
Twigs adds of when she thought there was a problem, “There wasn’t one set moment but it’s very subtle. That’s the thing about domestic abuse and domestic violence, it’s a real gradual step-by-step process to get somebody to a place where they lose themselves so much. They accept or feel that they deserve to be treated in that way. It’s not one thing, it’s loads of tiny little things that get sewn together into a nightmare.”
In her first TV intv, @FKATwigs is opening up about her former relationship with Shia LaBeouf.
She accuses him of sexual battery, assault & inflicting emotional distress — allegations he denies.
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) February 18, 2021
Twigs tells King, “In the beginning he would come, he would jump over the fence where I was staying and leave flowers outside my door and poems and books. I thought it was very romantic but that quickly changed. I understand now that that is testing your boundaries.
“Instead of me thinking, Oh, that’s nice to have flowers outside my door, now I think that’s inappropriate to jump over the fence of where I am living, that’s breaking a boundary, but it didn’t stop there. His behaviour became gradually more and more abusive.”
She says, “I had to give him a certain amount of physical affection a day. At first it was touches so I would have to touch him and be like, ‘Are you okay? I love you.’ Little things like that. Then he would say I didn’t kiss him enough. I think it was around 20 touches and kisses a day.
“So I would start to panic and you lose count and the days blur into each other and I am thinking, It is 8 p.m. and I have three hours to do this.
“Abusers use gaslighting, which is where somebody minimizes your experience, altering your narrative and denying your experience. Eventually it did become physical. There were certain instances where he would push me and say you fell. I would get really confused and I would think maybe I did.”
Twigs also mentions a particularly scary incident in which LaBeouf sped down the motorway after a trip to a spa in the desert. She says he threatened to “smash the car into the side of a wall” if she left him or said she didn’t love him.
Admitting he strangled her at a gas station, Twigs adds: “I had gone back to where I was staying and the whole one side of my body was black and blue. I remember thinking, I am a dancer and I really love my body and I take such good care of it. I was looking at my body and thought where did it all go wrong?.”
The interview comes after LaBeouf’s lawyers responded to the allegations, with the actor denying everything.
In his response, he “denies, generally and specifically, each and every allegation contained in [Barnett]’s Complaint, denies that [Barnett] has sustained any injury or loss by reason of any act or omission on the part of [LaBeouf], and denies that [Barnett] is entitled to any relief or damages whatsoever.”