FKA Twigs and Shia LaBeouf's sex assault case headed to trial this year after a delay due to the pair's work schedule, judge rules

FKA Twigs and Shia LaBeouf
FKA Twigs and Shia LaBeouf dated for almost a year after meeting on the set of the LaBeouf's film "Honey Boy."Joseph Okpako/Getty Images; Toni Anne Barson/Getty Images
  • Singer FKA Twigs accused Shia LaBeouf of sexual assault in a December 2020 lawsuit.

  • The lawsuit alleges LaBeouf grabbed FKA Twigs "to the point of bruising."

  • A judge delayed the trial from April 17 to at least November 1, 2023, court documents show.

A judge delayed singer FKA Twigs's sexual assault lawsuit trial against actor Shia LaBeouf until fall of 2023 due to the former couple's demanding work schedules, according to court documents viewed by Insider.

Singer FKA Twigs, whose real name is Tahliah Debrett Barnett, sued actor and director Shia LaBeouf in December 2020 for sexual assault, alleging in court documents that he choked her "to the point of bruising" and gave her a sexually transmitted disease. The lawsuit also claimed that LaBeouf "didn't let her wear clothing to bed" and slept with a loaded firearm next to the bed while he slept.

In August 2022, LaBeouf said that he "hurt that woman, and in the process of doing that, I hurt many other people," while alluding to the allegations on Jon Bernthal's "Real Ones" podcast.

"It may be surprising to you to learn that I was in an emotionally and physically abusive relationship," FKA Twigs wrote in a tweet on December 11, 2020. "It was hard for me to process too, during and after I never thought something like this would happen to me."

Attorneys for Barnett and LaBeouf did not immediately return Insider's request for comment on Saturday.

Barnett told The New York Times in December 2020 that she plans to donate a "significant" amount of any potential monetary damages she collects from the lawsuit to domestic violence charities.

The trial for the lawsuit was originally scheduled to start next month on April 17, but a California state judge postponed the trial's start date to at least November 1 after both parties requested the date be pushed back, court documents show.

Attorneys for LaBeouf and Barnett asked the court to move the trial date back due to scheduling difficulties to get depositions from the two stars.

"Parties have sought to schedule depositions of plaintiff and defendant, but have been unable because, among other things, plaintiff resides out of the country and is working on entertainment projects, and defendant has been out of the state working on entertainment projects," the document says.

The court set the trial to being by "November 1, 2023 or December 6, 2023, or to a date as soon as convenient thereafter on the Court's calendar."


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