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Shia LaBeouf: Cops 'put a Hannibal mask on me' for spitting on officer

Shia LaBeouf: Cops 'put a Hannibal mask on me' for spitting on officer
Shia LaBeouf talks to Ellen about his recent run-ins with the law. (Ryan Parker)

During an appearance on the talk show "Ellen," actor Shia LaBeouf referred to his June arrest in New York as "hiccups."

LaBeouf, appearing Thursday with a crew cut and beard, recalled his removal from a play and night in a Manhattan jail.

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"I went through like an existential crisis, which turned into some kind of like, uh, exploration, really," LaBeouf told host Ellen DeGeneres. "I had some hiccups, you know, some judgment error." 

LaBeouf was arrested after he was alleged to have drunkenly interrupted a performance of "Cabaret" by smoking and slapping other theatergoers. LaBeouf was removed from the venue by police during intermission and arrested.
Although that was not the first time the actor has been jailed, LaBeouf called his recent 24-hour stint behind bars "the worst time."

"I mean, I really went all the way with it," he said. "They put a Hannibal mask on me and a lead jacket."

LaBeouf said he was treated like that because he spat on an officer.

"Yeah, it's a no-no," he said.

However, LaBeouf told DeGeneres that he is "on the right path" thanks to the help and advice his mother has offered.

LaBeouf has been at the center of bizarre incidents he himself has created and has been accused of plagiarism. He showed up at the Berlin Film Festival's "Nymphomaniac" premiere wearing a brown paper bag over his head emblazoned with "I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE."

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