The 32-year-old musician, née Tahliah Debrett Barnett, filed a lawsuit against the 34-year-old with the Los Angeles Supreme Court. old actor, the New York Times reported Friday (Nov.. December).
According to the lawsuit, shortly after Valentine’s Day 2019, Shia was ruthlessly driving a car with FKA twigs before removing his seat belt and threatening to have an accident unless she confessed her love for him.
They reportedly returned from a trip to the desert where he was maddening them all the time and once woke them up and choked them. When she asked to be let out of the car, he stopped at a gas station and she got out her bags, but he attacked her and threw her against the car, forcing her back depending on the suit.
The lawsuit claims that he abused her physically, emotionally, and spiritually many times in a relationship that lasted less than a year. It is also alleged that he gave her a sexually transmitted disease.
She said she would like to come forward to show how anyone, celebrity or otherwise, can get involved in an abusive relationship.
« I want to be able to raise awareness of the tactics that abusers are using to control you and take your agency away, » she said.
Former girlfriend, stylist Karolyn Pho, shared allegations similar to the NYT, some of which are included in the lawsuit, including an incident where he allegedly pinned her to a bed while drunk and hit her with the head, so that she was bleeding.
Both women said in the lawsuit that he didn’t like it when they talked to or looked at male waiters. FKA branches told NYT she learned to keep her eyes down when men talked to her, claiming in the lawsuit that he had rules about how many times a day she had to kiss and touch him.
The lawsuit also states that he kept a loaded gun by the bed. FKA branches claim she was afraid of going to the bathroom at night in case he accidentally mistook her for an intruder. He also reportedly refused to let them wear clothes to bed, and turned small disagreements into nightly fights.
“I just thought to myself, nobody will ever believe me. I am unconventional. And I’m a colored person who is female, ”she explained in an interview with the outlet.
« The entire time I was with him I could have bought a business flight ticket back to my four-story townhouse in Hackney. He got me so deep that the idea of leaving him and having to work up again just seemed impossible, ”she continued.
She also said she plans to donate a significant portion of the monetary damage to domestic violence charities.
« It was actually very expensive and an enormous investment of time and resources to get out, » she continued.
Shia replied on Thursday (Jan.. December) in an email addressing abuse allegations with an explanation.
« I am unable to tell anyone how my behavior made them feel. I have no excuses for my alcoholism or aggression, just rationalizations. I have abused myself and everyone around me for years. I have hurt the people closest to me in the past. I am ashamed of this story and I apologize to those I have hurt. There is nothing else I can really say. ”
When presented with a more detailed account of the allegations, he said in another email that « many of these allegations are not true, » but he owed the women « the opportunity to make their statements publicly and responsibility for to take over these things that I did. ”
He also said he was « a sober member of a 12-step program » and in therapy.
« I am not cured of my PTSD and alcoholism, but I am determined to do what I have to do to recover and it will be for the people I may have hurt along the way always sorry. ”
According to newspaper reports and public records, he has been arrested multiple times in the past for dismissal, including assault and disorderly behavior.
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