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The exact circumstances remain hazy. On a fan Twitter feed for #HeWillNotDivideUs, the name of LaBeouf’s art installation protest, where the arrest took place, a 13 second video shows the actor briefly shoving a man who addresses the camera with the words “Hitler did nothing wrong”.
“Hey,” says the man. “Why did he attack me?” Later tweets from the same account expand the report by saying: “Shia was attacked by a Nazi. Shia got arrested. Nazi got away.” This echoes a later video of fellow protesters who say: “Shia took a hit for us. There were all these Nazis here, he came out and tried to protect us.”
Speaking earlier in the week, the actor said: 'We're anti-division out here. Everyone's invited.
'I'm just saying, 'Be nice to each other.''