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Deciphering the Shia LaBeouf Tabloid Reports

Expect this to be topic number one on tonight‘s episode of Chelsea Lately.

At a Paul & André Hollywood nightclub pop-up event Friday August 26 sponsored by Belvedere vodka and attended by Chelsea Handler and others, actor Shia LaBeouf is reported to have engaged in some attention-getting behavior. But as far as the specifics of what went down, it really depends on which media report you read.

An August 27 dispatch from Life & Style magazine relays the eyewitness perception that the actor “seemed wasted.” A “spy” for UK Mirror gossip columnist Dean Piper swears the regurgitated water bottle business was the result of an altercation between the Transformers star and rocker Marilyn Manson. However, the New York Post suggests the H2O meshuggenah involved LaBoeuf and a friend of Manson’s.

Then there’s the official statement from LaBoeuf’s publicist, who not surprisingly claimed none of the above:

“Shia actually left early as planned,” Shia’s rep tells Life & Style. “He went to see one of the bands performing in the showcase and left after they finished. Exiting through a crowded room was apparently misinterpreted. No altercation occurred.”

FishbowlLA was nowhere near the alley off Cosmo Street on Friday night. But we do question the idea of an actor who “seemed wasted” favoring bottled water as his Hollywood nightclub spit take of choice.

Update – 09/01/11: Looks like the tabloids really had it wrong. Over the weekend that followed this alleged incident, LaBeouf directed the new Manson video “Born Villain.” Per MTV.com, the pair will appear together Thursday September 1 at a private LA bookstore event to promote their collaboration.

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