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Actor Shia LaBeouf arrested during Broadway show

Actor Shia LaBeouf walks through the media after leaving Midtown Community Court following his arrest Thursday for yelling obscenities at the Broadway show "Cabaret," Friday, June 27, 2014, in New York.

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Shia LaBeouf is at it again with the shenanigans - or it could be another performance art exhibit, depending on how seriously you take the actor.

Last night, LaBeouf was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and criminal trespass during a New York Broadway show, the Associated Press reports. The Transformers star was allegedly interfering with the show and using obscene language during the the first act of Cabaret at Studio 54.

The 28-year-old actor was escorted out of the performance during intermission.

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LaBeouf's bizarre behaviour started innocently enough in 2010 when he knocked his own movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, at the Cannes Film Festival.

But the former child star's strange antics have only grown more confusing.

He sent a picture of his penis to producers to secure a role in the television show Nymphomaniac, plagiarized the dialogue of his directorial film debut from comic book author Daniel Clowes, announced his retirement from public life on Twitter, and wore a brown paper bag on his head at the Berlin International Film Festival, the words "I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE" printed in thick black marker on the front.

LaBeouf has issued plagiarized apologies for his actions via Twitter, including a copied-from-Yahoo!-Answers apology to Clowes, among many others.

His most infamous apology yet was the #IAMSORRY art installation in Los Angeles, wherein the star once again wore a paper bag on his head, sat in an empty room and cried for the entertainment of a long line of curious visitors.

Following in the footsteps of James Franco, LaBeouf calls his antics art.

"Performance art has been a way of appealing directly to a large public, as well as shocking audiences into reassessing their own notions of art and its relation to culture. My twitter "@thecampaignbook" is metamodernist performance art," LaBeouf wrote on Twitter.

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Not all critics are convinced. "I think he is going through a lot more than an art project," wrote the Globe's culture columnist Russell Smith.

Whatever it is, the timing of the arrest attracts attention. Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction, the first film in a new plot-line for the Transformers franchise, in which LaBeouf does not reprise his role as Sam Witwicky, opens today.

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