Shia LaBeouf is opening up for the first time about a traumatic event that he says left him with PTSD.
In a new interview with Esquire, the 31-year-old actor recalls his sometimes-difficult childhood growing up in the San Fernando Valley with his mother Shayna Saide after his parents divorced when he was three. During this time, LaBeouf says he overheard a man raping his mother.
“I froze,” he said. “The man ran out, and my mom ran after him. Dave, (the man who was supposed to be helping them), came running over. I remember he had a crossbow … They never found the guy.”
LaBeouf tied the incident into his stint serving ten weeks in court-ordered rehab last year after he was arrested for arrested for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct, saying he learned he had PTSD from the incident.
“When I got to rehab last year, they said I had PTSD,” he said. “The first time I got arrested with a real charge, it stemmed from the same (expletive). Some guy bumped into my mother’s car with his car in a parking lot, and my head went right to ‘You need to avenge your mother!’ So I went after the dude with a knife.”
“I’ve always thought somebody was coming in,” he continued. “My whole life.”
Elsewhere in the story, LaBeouf talks about his devotion to his mother, discussing the time he took her to a Kanye West concert.
“I took my mother to his concert,” he said. “She is, of course, obsessed with Kanye West. When I brought her backstage, he was a (expletive) sweetheart to her.”