Shia LaBeouf Receiving Treatment for Alcohol Addiction After New York Arrest

The Transformers star sought help after getting arrested last week at a Broadway show

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Shia LaBeouf is being treated for alcohol addiction after getting arrested at a Broadway show last week for acting disorderly and being verbally abusive, PEOPLE confirms.

“Contrary to previous erroneous reports, Shia LaBeouf has not checked into a rehabilitation facility but he is voluntarily receiving treatment for alcohol addiction,” his rep says in a statement.

“He understands that these recent actions are a symptom of a larger health problem and he has taken the first of many necessary steps towards recovery.”

The news comes after a string of bizarre behavior from the former Transformers star, 28, who gained fame on Disney Channel’s Even Stevens.

In February, the actor walked out of a press conference and wore a paper bag over his head at the premiere of Nymphomanic in Berlin, just a month after he said he was leaving public life.

LaBeouf told Parade magazine in 2009 that he was “working to be a better person.”

“I have no answers to anything. None. Why am I an alcoholic? I haven’t a damn clue! What is life about? I don’t know,” he said about injuring his hand in a 2008 car crash that left his driver’s license suspended. (He refused a chemical test at the time.) “What I do know is, I screw up.”

LaBeouf was charged June 27 with one count of criminal trespassing and two counts of disorderly conduct. He will reappear in court later in July.

Reporting by JULIE JORDAN

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