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02/21/2013 08:06 pm ET Updated Feb 21, 2013

Author Tom Chiarella Responds To Shia Lebeouf Lifting His Words (VIDEO)

Shia LaBeouf took to Twitter Wednesday to share a series of online exchanges he had with the cast and director of "Orphans," an upcoming Broadway play that he recently left for "creative differences."

Among those emails was one to fellow cast member Alec Baldwin that reads like an apology of sorts. But soon after publicly sharing his words, LaBeouf was immediately called out for lifting them directly from a 2009 essay in Esquire magazine written by Tom Chiarella titled "What Is a Man?"

Chiarella joined HuffPost Live Thursday to respond to the incident. He said that he's more amused than angry about the plagiarism, but that like Baldwin, he too might be owed an apology from LaBeouf.

"It's comforting to me to know I'm read," said Chiarella, who also posted a response to the incident on Esquire's website. "I got into the business to be read. I didn't get into the business to be quoted without attribution and I didn't get into the business to solve debates between celebrities on nefarious emails."

Chiarella noted that he is curious how LaBeouf came across his essay, whether he had read it and remembered it or just stumbled upon it on Google.

"If he remembers it, then maybe it is what he knows about being a man and I taught him and he should send me a card for Father's Day," Chiarella told HuffPost Live.

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