LaBeouf Opens Up About Bar Brawl

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May 16, 2011 | 6:00pm EST

Movie star Shia Labeouf has spoken out about his February bar brawl, revealing he got angry when two drunks started poking fun at him.
The actor was handcuffed by cops after the scuffle at Mad Bull’s Tavern in Sherman Oaks, California, and detained for 20 minutes before he was allowed to leave the scene.

No arrests were made, and the fuss over the troubled star’s latest run-in with the law was quickly forgotten, but LaBeouf was happy to talk about the incident when he appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday.

He said, “I can’t say I wasn’t a part of it. I was a part of it. I walked out to go and have a cigarette; I was with some friends and some guys instigated me and that’s what it was. (There was) some name calling. I didn’t know them.

“It was just an awkward situation… People get drunk, people get crazy.”

The Transformers star insisted the media taunts aimed at him after the fight meant nothing to him – because his mom accepted he hadn’t just started a fight during a night out.

He added, “The only opinion that really counts for me, and I don’t care how cheesy it sounds, is my mother’s opinion. It’s a serious deal for me.”