Shia LaBeouf has reportedly checked himself into “a celebrity-frequented rehab facility in Hollywood,” according to X17 Online (via Gawker). This news comes after some recent disturbing behavior from Shia, including getting arrested for disorderly conduct at a performance of Cabaret and earlier this month being caught on camera trying to start a fight outside a strip club. Things escalated from seeming like eyeroll-worthy Hollywood douchebaggery to a hinting at a more serious problem, so it’s good news that he’s now seeking help.
X17 apparently followed Shia to the rehab facility, where he they claim he was greeted by a nurse and security guard. The site also reports that “earlier in the day when we spotted Shia in his driveway, we noticed his was carrying the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Blue Book.” Radar Online reports that Shia has had problems with alcohol abuse for a while. He admitted in the past to accompanying his father to AA meetings as a child, and although he “managed to stay on the straight and narrow as a teen,” he was arrested for “intoxicated” behavior at a Walgreens in 2007 and then again in 2008 for drunk driving.
X17 reports that Shia appeared “nervous” when checking himself in: “It looked like he didn’t want to do it, but he knew he had to.” Hopefully Shia is able to get the help he needs. There’s no denying his past behavior has been erratic and strange, to say the least, from his plagiarism fiasco to showing up on the red carpet with a bag over his head. For some time it seemed that this was just some kind of act or ploy for attention, since so many of the things he did seemed to have to do with art or celebrity. But more recent incidents, including the Cabaret arrest, have pointed to a more serious problem. Here’s hoping professional help and some time away from the spotlight can help Shia.
UPDATE: Shia’s rep released a statement explaining that, contrary to reports, Shia has not entered rehab. He is, however, still seeking treatment for alcohol addiction. Read more here.