Shia LaBeouf Thanks Cop Who Arrested Him During Acceptance Speech

November 4, 2019

In the midst of a career high, Shia LaBeouf has expressed gratitude for one of the low points in his life.

While accepting a screenwriting award for his autobiographical film “Honey Boy” at the Hollywood Film Awards on Sunday, LaBeouf thanked the arresting officer who booked him in 2017 for public drunkeness, according to USA Today.

"I want to thank the police officer who arrested me in Georgia for changing my life,” he said.

Now sober, LaBeouf wrote the script for the movie while in rehab.

“I want to thank my therapist and my sponsor for saving my life," he added. "I want to thank my 'Honey Boy' team for documenting and exhibiting my life. I want to thank my team for being a part of my life, and my parents for giving me life.”

In 2017, the actor was arrested for public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and obstruction after he became unruly and made racist comments in an expletive rant in Savannah, Georgia.

LaBeouf pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction and was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service, enroll in anger management counseling, complete a drug and alcohol evaluation and pay $2,680 in fines.

While in a Connecticut treatment facility, LaBeouf drew on his own childhood experiences in the industry while under the guidance of his abusive and alcoholic father to pen the script for "Honey Boy."

In the film, the 33-year-old plays a character based on his father, while Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges portray the younger and older versions of LaBeouf.

Earlier this year, the actor reflected on how much his life has changed since his arrest and stay in rehab.

“You hit the wall enough, you start reflecting,” he told MTV. “My well is full and that comes from living a certain kind of life.”

"Honey Boy" opens in select theaters on November 8.