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11/27/2014 02:05 pm ET Updated Dec 01, 2014

Shia LaBeouf's Art Project Collaborators Corroborate Sexual Assault Claims

UPDATE: Shia LaBeouf's creative collaborators, Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner, responded to LaBeouf's claim that he was raped during the "I Am Sorry" installation in February. Rönkkö tweeted, "A couple of important clarifications about our #IAMSORRY project earlier this year," and wrote:

Turner responded to Piers Morgan, who asked him via Twitter, "Why did you let Shia LaBeouf's 'rapist' just walk away?"

EARLIER: Celebrate your Thanksgiving by watching Shia LaBeouf be silent for an hour. In the Winter 2014 issue of Dazed, writer Aimee Cliff chronicled her time arranging an "interview" with LaBeouf. They emailed at length about his recent projects including the "I Am Sorry" installation in LA, "Fury," "Nymphomaniac" and "his newfound affinity with metamodernism." He suggested that when they met in person, they wouldn't speak. When they finally did sit down in a London hotel, LaBeouf and Cliff strapped Go-Pros to their heads and sat for an hour in silence.

During these emails, LaBeouf also wrote that he had been raped during "I Am Sorry," the exhibit in which he met people one by one (also in silence) for five days. His account of the incident is below:

One woman who came with her boyfriend, who was outside the door when this happened, whipped my legs for ten minutes and then stripped my clothing and proceeded to rape me…There were hundreds of people in line when she walked out with dishevelled hair and smudged lipstick. It was no good, not just for me but her man as well. On top of that my girl was in line to see me, because it was Valentine’s Day and I was living in the gallery for the duration of the event – we were separated for five days, no communication. So it really hurt her as well, as I guess the news of it travelled through the line. When she came in she asked for an explanation, and I couldn’t speak, so we both sat with this unexplained trauma silently. It was painful.

Watch the whole "interview:"

INTERVIEW from Rönkkö / Turner on Vimeo.

To read the whole story, head over to Dazed.

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