Shia LaBeouf is taking a step back, this according to LaBeouf himself.
On Friday morning, the 27-year-old actor wrote on his Twitter account that he was "retiring from all public life" because of "the recent attacks against my artistic integrity." LaBeouf became a source of controversy after it was revealed last December that he had plagiarized his short-film directorial debut, "HowardCantour.com," from a 2007 comic by artist Daniel Clowes. LaBeouf apologized for the intellectual theft, but even his shows of regret were called into question: he plagiarized apologies, both famous and not, on his Twitter account, and later hired a skywriting company to spell out "I Am Sorry Daniel Clowes" over Los Angeles. (Clowes lives in the Bay Area.)
On Wednesday, LaBeouf posted a cease-and-desist letter from Clowes' legal representatives. The document was sent to LaBeouf's lawyers following an allusion LaBeouf made on Twitter about potentially further plagiarizing Clowes' work. "Brian, your client is seriously out of control," the final paragraph of the letter read.
HuffPost Entertainment contacted LaBeouf's representatives for comment on his retirement claims. This post will be updated if and when they respond. Read LaBeouf's series of tweets below.