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Monday 21 January 2019

Actor Shia LaBeouf has admitted to acting up at a Broadway show, pleading guilty to disorderly conduct in one of several episodes of bizarre behaviour the former Transformers star has displayed in recent years.

Actor Shia LaBeouf has admitted to acting up at a Broadway show, pleading guilty to disorderly conduct in one of several episodes of bizarre behaviour the former Transformers star has displayed in recent years.

LaBeouf (inset), whose representatives said he has had treatment for an alcohol problem since his June arrest, sombrely answered a judge's questions as he pleaded guilty in a deal that involves no jail time or probation.

If he stays in treatment for at least three months and out of trouble for six, he will be allowed to withdraw the guilty plea.

"Are you pleading guilty because you are guilty?" Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Diana Boyar asked, a standard question in such pleas.

"Yes, your honour," LaBeouf said.

He declined to comment as he left court.

"We appreciate the thoughtfulness of the resolution of the matter by the (Manhattan) district attorney's office," said his lawyer, G Robert Gage.

LaBeouf (28) was watching Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams in a Cabaret revival on June 24 when he started smoking cigarettes, yelling at the actors on stage and swearing at security guards and shouting as he was escorted out: "Do you know who I am?"

Taken to a police precinct, he spat at an officer's feet, according to the documents. He faced charges including a misdemeanour trespassing offence and some non-criminal violations, disorderly conduct among them.

Assistant district attorney Alyssa Russell told the judge that prosecutors had made the plea agreement "based on the fact that the defendant has been in continuous treatment since his arrest".

Outside court, Mr Gage declined to detail the treatment. LaBeouf's publicist said in July he was being treated for alcoholism but had not checked into a rehab facility.

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