Jan. 26, 2017 By Hannah Wulkan
Actor Shia LaBeouf was arrested for assaulting a Nazi apologist early this morning outside of the Museum of the Moving Image while protesting President Donald Trump.
LaBeouf was arrested around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday following an altercation with a man who stated “Hitler did nothing wrong.”
According to police, LaBeouf shoved the man and grabbed his scarf, scratching his face. He has been charged with misdemeanor assault and was issued a desk appearance before being released, said a police spokesman.
A cell phone video recorded by the man who LaBeouf assaulted shows the man approaching LaBeouf and putting his arm around him before saying “Hitler did nothing wrong.” LaBeouf then shoves the man before the video ends.
Labeouf was arrested while participating in the livestream resistance art piece he began last week outside of the Museum of the Moving Image, which encourages people to stand in front of a camera and repeat the phrase, “He will not divide us.”
The camera caught LaBeouf’s arrest on video around 12:30 a.m., showing him saying the phrase “He will not divide us” in to the camera with police approaching from behind. The video then shows him being handcuffed and led away by the cops.
As he is led away in handcuffs, other protesters in the livestream yell “Free Shia!” and “F–k you, you Nazis!”
The “He Will Not Divide Us” twitter account tweeted various messages of support for LaBeouf, writing “Shia a Jewish man got arrested because he was defending himself against a neo-nazi, who was verbally attacking him. #FreeShia”
The account later tweeted “SHIA WAS ATTACKED BY A NAZI SHIA GOT ARRESTED NAZI GOT AWAY THIS IS TRUMP’S AMERICA #FreeShia #HeWillNotDivideUs”
It continued to post updates, tweeting that LaBeouf was released around 1:30 a.m.
— #HeWillNotDivideUs (@HWNDUS) January 26, 2017