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Shia LaBeouf's Collaborators Respond To His Rape Claims

Two artistic collaborators speak out on the alleged sexual assault.

Shia LaBeouf dropped a bombshell over the weekend, claiming that during last February's art installation performance piece, #IAMSORRY, he was raped by a female visitor.

In an interview with Dazed magazine, LaBeouf said that while he was doing the exhibit, in which he sat silently while visitors chose what to do with their allotted time with the star, "one woman who came with her boyfriend, who was outside the door when this happened, whipped my legs for ten minutes and then stripped my clothing and proceeded to rape me."

Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner, both of whom collaborated with LaBeouf on #IAMSORRY, tweeted kinda-sorta clarifications about the incident.

"Nowhere did we state that people could do whatever they wanted to Shia during #IAMSORRY," Rönkkö tweeted. "As soon as we were aware of the incident starting to occur, we put a stop to it and ensured that the woman left."

In response to outraged tweets from news personality Piers Morgan, Turner said that initial confusion and concern for the safety of those waiting in line clouded immediate action.

"It wasn’t clear at the time precisely what had happened, & the 1st priority was to ensure everybody's safety in the gallery," Turner tweeted. "She ran out, rather than simply walking away. Beyond that, it's not my place to comment."

There has not been any further statement from LaBeouf, including whether he plans to pursue legal action against the woman.

If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, call the 24-hour National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673), or visit Rainn.org.

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