Shia LaBeouf Update…

Shia LaBeouf’s hand ‘crushed’ in accident

Lawyers say the actor still runs risk of complications and infection
The Associated Press
Aug. 1, 2008

LOS ANGELES – Shia LaBeouf’s hand was “crushed” in the wreck that flipped his truck last weekend, and he still runs the risk of infection and other complications after a four-hour surgery, his lawyer said Friday.

 

The 22-year-old actor was injured in a late-night crash last Sunday in West Hollywood that authorities have since said was the fault of the other driver. The statement from lawyer Michael Norris said the driver may have been speeding and not paying attention.

 

LaBeouf was hospitalized and cited for drunken driving in the wreck, the impact of which flipped his truck after he tried to make a left turn around 3 a.m.    (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

 

“Shia’s left hand was crushed,” read a statement released to The Associated Press on Friday from Michael Norris, a lawyer for the “Indiana Jones” actor. It added that LaBeouf’s left arm was immobilized and that the production of the “Transformers” sequel has been modified to accommodate his recovery.

 

The actor has been recovering at a Los Angeles hospital since the surgery and “will need regular medical supervision until his doctors clear him to return to work,” Norris’ statement said. “We are hopeful that this return will be sooner rather than later.”

 

LaBeouf and his attorneys have cooperated with police, the statement said, adding that “the Sheriff’s Department has now released information that the other vehicle ran the red light while striking Shia’s truck.”

 

Norris also said independent investigators “received information that suggests that the other driver may have been traveling upwards of 50 miles per hour, and that said driver may not have been looking forward at the time of the accident.”

 

Sheriff’s officials have said they won’t release the other driver’s name until after a report is issued, which could take a few weeks while the official investigation is conducted. On Tuesday, sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said LaBeouf was not at fault and that the other driver apparently ran a red light.

 

“We are very appreciative, again, of the patience that everyone has shown us, and of the many concerned citizens who have stepped forward to provide information regarding this collision,” the statement continued, adding that anyone with information about the accident was urged to call Norris directly.

 

LaBeouf’s credits include “Transformers,” “Disturbia” and “Bobby.” He can next be seen in the thriller “Eagle Eye,” due next month.

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‘Transformers’’ Bay says Shia wasn’t drunk

‘That’s fresh news… He was not drunk,’ says the director
Access Hollywood
Aug. 1, 2008

 

Shia LaBeouf was not drunk when he was involved in a collision that resulted in his truck flipping upside down on Sunday morning according to the actor’s boss, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” director, Michael Bay.

 

In a new interview with “Access Hollywood’s” Billy Bush, Bay claimed LaBeouf was not under the influence when his green Ford F-150 truck collided with another car in the early hours of Sunday morning. While authorities have claimed that officers believed the actor was drunk, Bay said LaBeouf’s arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence will not stick.

 

“You’re gonna see — that’s gonna go away,” Bay said. “That’s fresh news… He was not drunk. He was drinking hours and hours before.”

 

In the hours leading up to the crash at the intersection of Fountain and LaBrea, LaBeouf attended a concert at the Los Angeles Troubadour music venue with his “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” co-star Isabel Lucas. A source claimed in Us Weekly the actor was drinking at the event.

 

“He was dancing around and acting really crazy,” the source claimed. “He kept doing shots of whiskey.”

 

Shortly before 2:30 a.m., another driver ran a red light, according to authorities who confirmed LaBeouf is no longer being investigated for causing the crash.

 

Following the incident, the actor was taken to an area hospital where he was cited, arrested and booked on suspicion of DUI shortly before undergoing hand surgery at around 5:30 a.m. Sunday. The actor’s current condition might even be written into the “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” script according to Bay.

 

“I spoke to him yesterday in the hospital,” Bay said. “His two fingers are pretty mashed, but we’re figuring out a way to shoot around it, kind of write it in the story.”

 

In a strange twist, Bay said he had a conversation with the 22-year-old actor about safety, days before his crash.

 

“We had a little heart to heart the week before when he bought a brand-new motorcycle and I (said), ‘Dude! You cannot ride that motorcycle! If you crash, you put 1,500 people out of work,’” the director recounted. “He said, ‘OK, I won’t ride it, I won’t ride it, I’ll just drive my truck.’”

 

Despite the incident on Sunday, Bay said LaBeouf has his head on his shoulders.

 

“The kid really has his head together and you know, he’s only 22,” Bay said. “He’s doing a great job on this movie. He’s really matured since the last one and I love working with him.”

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