Actor Margaret Qualley has thanked FKA Twigs for speaking out about her allegedly abusive relationship with Shia LaBeouf.
Twigs, whose real name is Tahliah Debrett Barnett, first made the claims against the star in a lawsuit that was filed in December. In it, the musician accused LaBeouf of “sexual battery, assault and infliction of emotional distress”.
LaBeouf responded initially to Twigs’ allegations, saying he had “been abusive to myself and everyone around me for years”, but that “many of these allegations are not true”.
Earlier this month, his legal team said he “denies, generally and specifically, each and every allegation contained in [Barnett]’s Complaint, denies that [Barnett] has sustained any injury or loss by reason of any act or omission on the part of [LaBeouf], and denies that [Barnett] is entitled to any relief or damages whatsoever”.
Qualley was believed to be in a relationship with the actor, but split up with him in January. She shared the cover of the current issue of ELLE US – which features Twigs talking about her own relationship with LaBeouf – on her Instagram yesterday (February 21). “Thank you,” she wrote in the caption.
The likes of Natalie Portman, Maggie Rogers, Cat Power, Riley Keough and Qualley’s mum Andie MacDowell have also shown their support on Qualley’s Instagram post. “Precious girls,” MacDowell wrote. “Beloved.”
In her interview with ELLE, Twigs accused LaBeouf of using “calculated, systematic, tricky, and maze-like” methods to control her.
“It’s a miracle I came out alive,” she said. “People wouldn’t think that it would happen to a woman like me.” She added that she thought it was “pure luck” that she had survived the relationship, saying: “I honestly wish I could say that I found some strength and I saw this light. I wish I could say, ‘[It is] a testament to my strong character,’ or ‘It’s the way my mother raised me.
“It’s none of that. It’s pure luck that I’m not in that situation anymore.”