Last (Thursday) night on Broadway, Shia LaBeouf put on an arresting performance-- and he wasn't even on stage.

Six police officers were needed to escort the troubled actor from the audience watching a production of the musical Cabaret. LaBeouf was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct and one count of criminal trespassing.

During the first act, the 28-year-old actor obnoxiously smoked cigarettes and was disruptive. Police waited until intermission to arrest LaBeouf. He was sobbing as they cuffed him and carted him off in the squad car.

Following intermission, Cabaret cast member Danny Burstein posted to Facebook the all-clear signal. “Ladies and gentlemen, Shia LaBeouf has just been escorted from the building in handcuffs.”

At the police department, LaBeouf was so belligerent, and constantly spitting, that officers forced him into a restrictive face mask. He reportedly told the cops -- in colorful language inappropriate for the radio — exactly what he would do to them the moment they uncuffed him. 

Witnesses report Shia was incoherent and stumbling before the show started. Tina Marie Miller claimed, “If we didn't know who he was, we'd assume he was a bum, literally, from how he looked and acted. Honestly, I wasn't thinking of drunk or drugs.” Source: ABC News

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