Shia Labeouf Addresses Plagiarism Allegations

Shia Labeouf Addresses Plagiarism Allegations
Transformers star Shia Labeouf recently tried his hand at writing and directing a short film called Howard Cantour, but despite its initial support and acclaim, the actor is now being accused of plagiarizing almost the entire project.

First debuting at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Labeouf posted the film Monday, Dec. 16, on HowardCantour.com. The website Buzzfeed quickly noticed some startling similarities of the short to a comic titled Justin M. Damiano, written and created by Daniel Clowes.

Following the plagiarism accusations, the 27-year-old actor took to Twitter to apologize for having "neglected to follow proper accreditation." Both Howard Cantour and Justin M. Damiano begin with the main character narrating, using at times, the same lines of dialog. Labeouf claims he wasn't copying the comic or any of Clowes' work, but was simply inspired by it.

Labeouf concluded, tweeting: "I f**ked up."

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