Vanessa Kirby says she 'stands with survivors of abuse' following accusations against co-star Shia LaBeouf
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Vanessa Kirby and woman posing for a picture: Shia LaBeouf and Vanessa Kirby played a married couple in Netflix's "Pieces of a Woman." Netflix © Netflix Shia LaBeouf and Vanessa Kirby played a married couple in Netflix's "Pieces of a Woman." Netflix
  • Vanessa Kirby told The Sunday Times that she stands "with all survivors of abuse" after her "Pieces of a Woman" co-star Shia LaBeouf was accused of domestic abuse by former partners.
  • "I stand with all survivors of abuse and respect the courage of anyone who speaks their truth," Kirby said, adding that she could not comment on an ongoing legal case.
  • The singer FKA Twigs filed a lawsuit against LaBeouf last month, accusing him of sexual battery, assault, and infliction of emotional distress.
  • In "Pieces of a Woman," LaBeouf plays Kirby's abusive partner who sexually and violently assaults her.
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Vanessa Kirby told The Sunday Times that she stands "with all survivors of abuse" following accusations made against her "Pieces of a Woman" co-star Shia LaBeouf.

"I stand with all survivors of abuse and respect the courage of anyone who speaks their truth. Regarding the recent news, I can't comment on an ongoing legal case," Kirby told The Times of London in a statement given after its wide-ranging interview about her critically-acclaimed role in the drama.

In early December, singer FKA Twigs told The New York Times about her lawsuit against LaBeouf, which accuses him of sexual battery, assault, and infliction of emotional distress during the course of their relationship, which lasted just under one year.

Alma Har'el, Shia LaBeouf, FKA twigs posing for the camera: Shia LaBeouf and FKA Twigs met on the set of Alma Har'el's (left) "Honey Boy." Amy Sussman/Getty Images/Jim Dyson/Redferns © Amy Sussman/Getty Images/Jim Dyson/Redferns Shia LaBeouf and FKA Twigs met on the set of Alma Har'el's (left) "Honey Boy." Amy Sussman/Getty Images/Jim Dyson/Redferns

LaBeouf responded with an apology of sorts, saying that "many of these allegations are not true" but he owed the women "the opportunity to air their statements publicly and accept accountability for those things I have done."

"I have no excuses for my alcoholism or aggression, only rationalizations," LaBeouf said. "I have been abusive to myself and everyone around me for years. I have a history of hurting the people closest to me. I'm ashamed of that history and am sorry to those I hurt. There is nothing else I can really say."

In "Pieces of a Woman," LaBeouf plays an abusive partner who tries to get Kirby's Martha to have sex with him against her will and throws a medicine ball at her face. As pointed out by The Times of London, his role will undoubtedly draw connections to the real-life accusations he faces.

Netflix removed mentions of LaBeouf from its award campaign over the allegations.

Last week, LaBeouf's attorney told Variety that their client was seeking "long-term inpatient treatment" to address his behavior.

"Shia needs help and he knows that," said Shawn Holley, a celebrity attorney who previously served on OJ Simpson's defense team.

Kirby is the latest in a string of LaBeouf's former collaborators, including "Honey Boy" director Alma Har'el and the singer Sia, to stand with FKA Twigs over her accusations.

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