Shia LaBeouf’s exhibit that lambasted President Donald Trump has been shut down because it had turned into “a flashpoint for violence”.
The piece of performance art encouraged the public to say “He will not divide us” into a camera mounted outside the Museum of the Moving Image in New York.
Shia LaBeouf was arrested after a fracas at the site, which police began manning round the clock.
The Transformers star criticized the museum’s decision to shut down the exhibit.
On Twitter, Shia LaBeouf posted an image of the live stream, which now reads: “The museum has abandoned us.”
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He co-founded the project, which was launched on the day President Trump was inaugurated, on January 20, with artists Luke Turner and Nastja Ronkko.
The live-stream ran for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and the artists had planned to maintain it throughout Donald Trump’s presidency.
However, in the early hours of January 26, Shia LaBeouf was charged with assault and harassment after a confrontation with a man that was broadcast on the live-stream.
The New York Daily News reported that a number of white supremacists turned up at the site over the past three weeks, including one apparently wearing a Nazi hat.
In a statement, the museum said the atmosphere at the exhibit, named HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US, “deteriorated markedly” after Shia LaBeouf’s arrest.
There had been “dozens of threats of violence and numerous arrests” and it had become “a flashpoint for violence”, the statement added.
The museum said: “Until public safety concerns overrode the intent of the installation, HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US generated an important conversation allowing interaction among people from many backgrounds and with different viewpoints.”
A statement on the exhibit’s website says: “On February 10, 2017, the Museum of the Moving Image abandoned the project. The artists, however, have not.”
Shia LaBeouf has been arrested and charged with public intoxication in Austin, Texas police say.
Police arrested the star on Friday night on Sixth Street in Austin’s entertainment district.
Shia LaBeouf has had numerous brushes with the law throughout his career.
Witnesses said Shia LaBeouf initially caused a disturbance on October 9 after being refused a drink at a bar, and later jaywalked in front of police.
Officers are reported to have subdued Shia LaBeouf and put him in handcuffs before arresting him, TMZ reported.
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Jail records quoted by the AP say that Shia LaBeouf spent Friday night in the Travis County Jail and has now been released.
In September 2014, Shia LaBeouf pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct over his disruption of a Broadway performance of Cabaret.
The actor was also arrested after a fight in a bar in Los Angeles in 2011, although he was later released without charge.
Shortly before that arrest, a publicist for Shia LaBeouf said that he was receiving treatment for alcoholism.
There have also been a series of instances where Shia LaBeouf is said to have behaved erratically in public – on one occasion appearing on the red carpet with a paper bag on his head, on which was written: “I am not famous anymore.”
The actor found fame at age 14 as the star of the Disney series Even Stevens and has also starred in three Transformers movies.
Shia LaBeouf’s movies include Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
Shia LaBeouf has been arrested at a performance of the musical Cabaret in New York.
Shia LaBeouf, 28, was charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespass following a disturbance at New York’s Studio 54 theater on Thursday.
The actor was escorted out of the theatre and taken into custody by New York police after refusing to go when asked to do so by security guards.
A police spokesman said: “The incident occurred at Studio 54 during Cabaret at around 9pm [ET]. He was acting disorderly, yelling and being loud, and is currently being held at the Midtown North police station.”
Shia LaBeouf was charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespass following a disturbance at New York’s Studio 54 theater (photo Getty Images)
“He will be taken to jail tonight and will then have to appear in court.”
Broadway songwriter Benj Pasek tweeted that he saw Shia LaBeouf “in handcuffs in tears surrounded by 6 police officers outside of CABARET the musical”.
“He was being rather difficult and combative, verbally… to the point where security guards asked him to please leave the premises and he refused,” NYPD’s George Tsourovakas said.
“Police were called and he was detained and arrested.”
Shia LaBeouf – whose films include Transformers, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps – walked out of a news conference for Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac at the Berlin Film Festival in February.
He later appeared on the red carpet with a paper bag on his head, on which was written: “I am not famous anymore.”
A month previously the actor had tweeted that he was quitting “public life”.
“In light of the recent attacks against my artistic integrity, I am retiring from all public life,” Shia LaBeouf wrote in January.
The latest incident comes ahead of the release of Transformers: Age of Extinction, the first in the Michael Bay robot series not to star Shia LaBeouf.
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