Shia LaBeouf announced that he would be retiring from “all public life” on Friday morning, following weeks in which the actor became entangled in a plagiarism suit.

Shia LaBeouf Retires

LaBeouf, 27, alluded to the controversy that’s been surrounding him as of late on Twitter when he revealed he’d be stepping out of the spotlight.

Back in December, it was discovered that LaBeouf had plagiarized much of his short film from Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel Justin M. Damiano. Whole passages from the comic found their way into LaBeouf’s script, including the film’s opening line. LaBeouf responded to the charges by offering a number of seemingly sincere apologies – that were themselves plagiarized from the apologies of other public figures.

On New Year’s Eve, LaBeouf hired a skywriter to create the message “I AM SORRY DANIEL CLOWES” over Los Angeles, despite the fact that Clowes calls the Bay Area home. LaBeouf used skywriting once again as a medium following his retirement announcement. This time, the message was simply “STOP CREATING,” reported TMZ.

For those who’ve remained in LaBeouf’s corner throughout the plagiarism charges and his trolling apologies, the former Transformer’s star had some kind words to share on Twitter.

While LaBeouf may not be taking on anymore projects in the future, he has a couple of films due out later this year – Nymphomaniac and the untitled Brad Pitt/David Ayer’s war film.

– Chelsea Regan

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