Entertainment Shia LaBeouf Will Play a Saint in His First Acting Role Since FKA twigs Abuse Allegations
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has signed on for his next film role amid by his ex, singer .
The actor has been cast in a new movie by legendary director Abel Ferrara about an Italian saint.
Ferrara, who has directed King of New York and The Funeral, revealed the casting news in an interview withsaying LaBeouf, 35, had signed on to play Saint Padre Pio.
"We're doing a film about Padre Pio, he's a monk from Puglia. It's set in Italy right after World War I. He's not a saint, he had stigmata," Ferrara said. "He was also in the middle of a very heavy political period in world history. He was very young before he became a saint, so Shia LaBeouf is going to play the monk."
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A rep for LaBeouf did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.
The Transformers actor is currently facing a lawsuit brought on by FKA Twigs, in which she claims he sexually and physically assaulted and battered her, and knowingly gave her a sexually transmitted disease. FKA twigs, 32, who was born Tahliah Barnett, also alleged several instances of physical abuse in the documents.
LaBeouf's legal team has. His lawyers deny that she suffered any damages or injuries from LaBeouf and assert that her sexual battery claims should be dismissed because "none of the acts alleged were based on sex and/or the conduct was not sexual."
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BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Pope Francis opened his first full day in Slovakia on Monday by meeting with church and state leaders ahead of an encounter with the country’s Jewish community to honor its Holocaust dead and atone for Catholic complicity in World War II-era racial laws and crimes. Francis arrived at the presidential palace, and later at the capital's St. Martin cathedral, looking well and rested on the second day of his four-day pilgrimage to Hungary and Slovakia which marks his first international outing since undergoing intestinal surgery in July.
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In, FKA twigs explained why she filed a suit against LaBeouf, who directed her in 2019's Honey Boy.
"What I went through with Shia was the worst thing I've ever been through in the whole of my life," she said. "I don't think people would ever think that it would happen to me. But I think that's the thing. It can happen to anybody."
Since the allegations came to light, LaBeouf has made headlines for being fired from Olivia Wilde's sophomore drama feature Don't Worry Darling, which PEOPLE confirmed in late December.
Timeline of events in Dennis Hastert’s life and career
CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert was for years known primarily for rising from political obscurity in rural Illinois to spending eight years in the nation’s third-highest office. Then came a federal indictment in a hush-money case centered on sex abuse allegations. Hastert, then 74, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 months in prison. On Wednesday, lawyers say Hastert and a man who accused him of child sexual abuse reached a tentative out-of-court settlement over Hastert’s refusal to pay the remaining $1.8 million of a verbal agreement to pay $3.5 million in hush money in exchange for the man’s silence.
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In February, a source told PEOPLE the actor was stepping away from his talent agency CAA andas he did inpatient treatment.
The source added LaBeouf's break is "so that he can get the help he needs" amid the lawsuit.
In May, PEOPLE learned the actor was ordered tofor misdemeanor battery and theft charges from a separate incident in June 2020.
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