Shia LaBeouf's recent controversy seems to be traveling with him.
The Nymphomaniac star was photographed strolling the streets of Rio de Janiero, Brazil, alongside his girlfriend Mia Goth. Both seemed to be enjoying themselves while soaking in the sun, with LaBeouf wearing a T-shirt and shorts while Goth opted for a tank top and rolled up skirt. However, the actor is not using this vacation to forget what recently happened.
Their getaway comes shortly after the actor made headlines for being accused of plagiarism, in regards to his short film HowardCantour.com, which LaBeouf directed and debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012 and became available online on Dec. 16.
LaBeouf's creation had striking similarities between the short film and a 2007 comic titled Justin M. Damiano written by Daniel Clowes, both in terms of story and dialogue.
Labeouf subsequently took to Twitter to apologize in a series of tweets. "Copying isn't particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else's idea to produce something new and different IS creative work," he wrote. "In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation."
However, Clowes' publisher, Fantagraphics, told Publishers Weekly that Clowes is "exploring all legal options," after LaBeouf admitted plagiarizing his character.
That didn't stop the actor from continuing to apologize via Twitter over the last several days. "It starts with this...I'm sorry @ ...I want to thank all of you who have written in and created groups and protested. Even though I wish I hadn't made so many of you angry.
"I sincerely apologize for my lapse in judgment & I do take full responsibility for my actions, which were mine alone...I did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have - and for that I am deeply sorry. Words are important...I lifted the text, probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately about a year ago."
LaBeouf continued, "Sorry to my cast re:the massive disruption it's caused their lives. There's no one who wants this over more than I do. I'd like my life back...I made a hurtful and thoughtless comment on Sunday when I said that 'I wanted my life back.'...I didn't write it nor make it come alive, make it work, I couldn't do it, That's my fault. Simple. When you drop the ball you drop the ball.
"I was alone in a very dangerous situation, I tried to control myself and not show the world what was going on. I am very sorry...Personal beliefs aside I realize, some will interpret this as me mocking the rituals and traditions of others, not the case, I am very sorry...I do not believe that in the long run this is about individuals. It is about ideas, the public good and doing what is best, I apologize."