Shia LaBeouf, who seems like he can’t go even a few months without getting himself in some kind of publicity hassle, respond to claims yesterday that his new short film, “HowardCantour.com,” plagiarizes the work of graphic-novelist Daniel Clowes. The accusations, first reported by Buzzfeed, were serious, calling the film a “direct adaptation” of Clowes’s 2007 graphic novel “Justin M. Damiano” — the film apparently uses lines of dialogue directly from the book. “I’ve never spoken to or met Mr. LaBeouf,” the artist told BuzzFeed. “I’ve never even seen one of his films that I can recall — and I was shocked, to say the least, when I saw that he took the script and even many of the visuals from a very personal story I did six or seven years ago and passed it off as his own work. I actually can’t imagine what was going through his mind.” LaBeouf apologized via Twitter, claiming that Clowes’s work was the inspiration for the film and that he “fucked up.” Even the apology, unfortunately, doesn’t seem genuine. According to Vulture, it seems to have been copied from a Yahoo page posted four years ago.
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