LaBeouf was arraigned in Manhattan court this morning for disrupting a performance of the musical Cabaret at Studio 54.
The actor has been involved in a series of scrapes and confrontations which suggests he’s both a danger to himself and others.
On the same day as the theater blowup, the 28-year-old actor reportedly scuffled with a bedraggled man over a hat, and chased down a homeless man in the street over a bag of McDonald’s food, according to press reports.
Shia reportedly looked “whacked out” and kept saying “It’s me, Shia,” as if the men knew him, according to gossip site TMZ.
LaBeouf was finally arrested for disrupting the performance and smoking in the non-smoking theater later that night.
He was charged with harassment, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass following the incident.
He appeared today at Midtown Community Court before Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Felicia Mennin. Prosecutors wanted a $2,500 bond, but the judge released him without posting bail.
Both moves were a mistake. LaBeouf’s behavior rivals that of actress Amanda Bynes when she was whacked out and roaming New York City streets.
The handling of LaBeouf’s case is troubling on two counts: the judge let him off way too easy, and had he been a woman, he most certainly would have been treated differently.
LaBeouf was spotted loading up on margaritas–at least four in two hours–while watching the World Cup at the bar.
Since he’s a man, the prevailing view is he had too much to drink. Bynes was almost immediately suspected of psychotic behavior when she started acting out.
By now there have been enough repeat incidents to conclude that LaBeouf has a problem as well.
The prosecutor should have demanded, and the judge should have ordered that he be held for psychiatric evaluation.
Instead, we get celebrity justice and he’s released back onto the streets.
As it is, it’s only a matter of time before he seriously hurts himself or someone else. Let us know your thoughts and be sure to follow TheImproper on Twitter for the latest developments in the case.