Shawn Holley stated that his defendant, LaBeouf, denies "each and every allegation contained" in Twigs’ complaint and denies that she "has sustained any injury or loss by reason of any act or omission on the part of Defendant, and denies that Plaintiff is entitled to any relief or damages whatsoever." In the response filed on Friday, February 5, Holley also said that the sexual battery claims from LaBeouf’s ex are "barred in whole or in part because none of the acts alleged were based on sex and/or conduct that was not sexual."
The filing from Holley is a routine part of civil litigations where parties must answer within 30 days of being served.
"Upon being confronted with Ms. Barnett’s lawsuit, Mr. LaBeouf admitted his reprehensible conduct and then checked himself into some type of inpatient treatment," FKA twigs attorney Bryan Freedman told Variety in response to LaBeouf’s team’s denial of his client’s allegations.
"To the extent his five-week treatment has been focused on denials and gaslighting, he may want to revisit the type of help he is receiving. Mr. LaBeouf’s legal tact and recovery plan, while not surprising, are poorly misguided self-help strategies."
"As Mr. Freedman is well aware, a lawyer issuing general denials to all the allegations in a lawsuit is standard procedure in civil practice and signals nothing about Shia’s past statements or his acceptance of responsibility for things he has done wrong. Nothing has changed," LaBeouf’s attorney responded.
The trial is not expected to take place until 2022 at the earliest as FKA twigs lives in the U.K. and cannot travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.
LeBeouf is also reportedly seeking "long-term treatment" in rehab, as previously reported by OK!.
In December, FKA twigs, who was born Tahliah Debrett Barnett, said in the lawsuit that the 34-year-old drove recklessly in a car shortly after Valentine’s Day in 2019 and removed his seatbelt and told the singer to profess her love for him or he was going to crash the car, according to The Los Angeles Times.
The 33-year-old also accused LaBeouf of knowingly giving her a sexually transmitted disease which he disguised with makeup and throwing her against a car.
"I’m not in any position to tell anyone how my behavior made them feel," LaBeouf told the New York Times in December. "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."
"I too have been hurt emotionally by Shia, a pathological liar, who conned me into an adulterous relationship claiming to be single. I believe he's very sick and have compassion for him AND his victims. Just know, if you love yourself- stay safe, stay away," the "Breathe Me" singer wrote on December 12.