Piers Morgan slams Shia LaBeouf for #IAMSORRY rape claims
Morgan took to Twitter to express his outrage over LaBeouf's recent statement that he was raped by a woman during a five-day performance art exhibit, in which LaBeouf wore a paper bag over his head and people were invited to sit alone with him.
"One woman who came with her boyfriend, who was outside the door when this happened, whipped my legs for ten minutes and then stripped my clothes and proceeded to rape me..." LaBeouf said in an e-mail interview with Dazed & Confused magazine.
According to LaBeouf, news of the incident spread through the line at the exhibit. His girlfriend, Mia Goth, even found out what had happened. Because of the requirements of the exhibit, however, they were unable to speak and LaBeouf couldn't talk about it.
Morgan isn't buying it.
Not only did Morgan make it clear that he doesn't believe LaBeouf was, by definition, raped, he even went so far as to say that LaBeouf was lying about the entire incident for the sake of publicity.
Morgan's comments call into question not only the legitimacy of LaBeouf's claims but also the definitions of rape and consent. If a person who theoretically has the ability to fight and say no does neither of those things when someone initiates sex, is that, in essence, giving consent? Or does consent have to be given verbally in order to be valid?
This fascinating discussion clearly does not have black-and-white answers, as evidenced by the passionate outcry raised by people supporting LaBeouf and people who are outraged by his claim.