Shia LaBeouf’s Cannes Film Festival comeback confirms that if they lay low for long enough, the industry will forgive abusers

By Charlie Sawyer

Published May 25, 2024 at 09:00 AM

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Shia LaBeouf’s recent attendance at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival comes just five months before the actor faces ex-girlfriend FKA Twigs in a sexual battery trial. And yet…

Shia LaBeouf’s reputation in both Hollywood and wider society is no hidden secret. Characterised by his infamous bad attitude and extensive violent history, LaBeouf has arguably done more than enough to warrant expulsion from the bright lights of showbiz. And yet, just days ago, the actor received an incredibly warm welcome on the red carpet at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival. So why does it seem like everyone forgot the fact that in only five months, LaBeouf will be on trial for alleged sexual battery and assault?

On 16 May, LaBeouf was in Cannes to promote his new film Megalopolisan epic science-fiction film that stars the likes of Adam Driver and Laurence Fishburne (aka Morpheus) and was directed by none other than Francis Ford Coppola.

A number of media outlets shared videos of the actor on their social media, pointing out the spectacle and noting how this was LaBeouf’s first industry outing in some time: