Oh, Shia! After noisily exiting the Broadway revival of Orphans last year, you’d think film star Shia LaBeouf might want to keep his name out of theater news for a while, but there he was on June 26, getting escorted out of the evening performance of Cabaret in handcuffs!
The story first emerged on social media…
Cabaret star Danny Burstein first reported the news on his Facebook page, writing during the show’s intermission: “'Ladies and gentlemen, this is your places call for Act II. Also, to let you know, Shia LaBeouf has just been escorted from the building in handcuffs.’ Yep, that just happened.”
Now a law enforcement source has told the local ABC news affiliate that the actor was "being disruptive during the first act, including smoking inside the theater."
Apparently, Tony nominee Benj Pasek saw the whole thing go down. He took to Twitter to report it:
Just saw Shia LaBeouf in handcuffs in tears surrounded by 6 police officers outside of CABARET the musical. Oh New York, u is a crazy bitch— Benj Pasek (@benjpasek) June 27, 2014
And then there’s Instagram user “theblackparkerlewis,” who helpfully shared the below photo, identifying the blurry figure as LaBeouf talking to officers outside the 53rd Street back entrance to the theater, with his hands behind his back, possibly cuffed. Among the hashtags? #broadway #truestory and #funnyshit.
That’s all. For now.