Shia LaBeouf Arrested, Charged With Assault at His NYC Trump Protest

The actor kicked off the project on Inauguration Day.

ByABC News
January 26, 2017, 3:21 AM

— -- Shia LaBeouf was arrested in New York City early Thursday morning and charged with misdemeanor assault after getting into an altercation with another man at an anti-Donald Trump performance art demonstration he's been live-streaming since Inauguration Day, the NYPD said.

Police tell ABC News that around 12:35 a.m., LaBeouf, 30, engaged in a verbal dispute with the man, a 25-year-old resident of the Bronx.

LaBeouf proceeded to pull the scarf of the other man, scratching his face while doing so. The actor also pushed the man, police said.

The unidentified man refused medical attention.

After police arrived, LaBeouf was taken into custody. He was charged and received a a desk appearance ticket for court at a later date.

It is unclear if LaBeouf has a lawyer. ABC News has contacted the actor's representatives for comment.

The project kicked off at 9 a.m. last Friday, when the actor and his performance art partners Nastja Säde Ronkko and Luke Turner placed a camera on a wall outside the Museum of the Moving Image in the New York City borough of Queens. The camera is intended to broadcast people shouting "He will not divide us!" over and over again.

A website for the project reads, "Open to all, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the participatory performance will be live-streamed continuously for four years, or the duration of the presidency,” the project website reads. “In this way, the mantra “HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US” acts as a show of resistance or insistence, opposition or optimism, guided by the spirit of each individual participant and the community.”

Among those who have stopped by to express themselves in the camera is Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith's son Jaden Smith, who tweeted a photo of himself at the project on Inauguration Day.

WABC News' Mark Crudele contributed to this report.

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