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Shia LaBeouf court case put off while lawyers work on plea deal

Shia LaBeouf looks markedly better at a Thursday court date than he did after his late-June arrest

Shia LaBeouf appeared in a New York City court on Thursday but didn't stay for long as his attorney and the prosecutor told the judge they were trying to work out a deal in his disorderly conduct case.

The case was put off until Sept. 10, the Associated Press reported, to allow more time for an out-of-court resolution.

In a brown suit with tan tie, the onetime "Transformers" star looked markedly more put together Thursday than he did in a torn T-shirt when he left jail the morning after his June 26 arrest.

LaBeouf was in the audience during a Studio 54 performance of "Cabaret" when he allegedly stood up and yelled at the actors on stage. The actor was abusive toward police, yelling and spitting at them as they arrested him, according to a criminal complaint in the case.

He spent that night in jail and was released the next morning after being arraigned on two counts of trespassing, two counts of disorderly conduct and one count of harassment in the second degree, the complaint said.

The "Nymphomaniac" actor returned to Los Angeles the Sunday after his Thursday-night arrest and began treatment for alcohol abuse shortly thereafter.

"Shia LaBeouf has not checked into a rehabilitation facility but he is voluntarily receiving treatment for alcohol addiction," his rep said. "He understands that these recent actions are a symptom of a larger health problem and he has taken the first of many necessary steps towards recovery."

LaBeouf and his attorney, G. Robert Gage Jr., did not talk to reporters as they left the courthouse, the AP said, and Gage did not immediately respond to a Los Angeles Times request for comment.

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