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Charges Dropped Against Shia LaBeouf After Museum Protest Scuffle, DA Says

By Jeanmarie Evelly | March 31, 2017 4:07pm | Updated on April 3, 2017 8:33am
 Shia LaBeouf outside the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria on Jan. 20, 2017.
Shia LaBeouf outside the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria on Jan. 20, 2017.
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ASTORIA — The Queens District Attorney's office is dropping an assault charge against Shia LaBeouf, after the "Transformers" actor was arrested earlier this year following a fight outside his now-shuttered art installation at the Museum of the Moving Image. 

A Queens DA spokeswoman said Friday that they declined to pursue a case against LaBeouf, who was arrested on Jan. 26 for shoving and pulling a man's scarf at the site of a protest against President Donald Trump the actor's art collective staged in Astoria.

The art piece, which launched on Inauguration Day, consisted of a camera mounted on a wall outside the Museum of the Moving Image, where participants were asked to say "He Will Not Divide Us" into the lens.

An online live stream of the installation was intended to continue through the end of Trump's term, but the museum shut down the project just four weeks in over safety concerns, including LaBeouf's own arrest.

Police said they received fake bomb threats to the site and calls from people threatening to shoot officers stationed outside the project. Three attendees were arrested for fighting, while another was arrested for reckless endangerment after throwing eggs at the crowd.

LaBeouf's group later slammed the Museum of the Moving Image for "abandoning" the piece.

"He Will Not Divide Us" was then moved to a theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but it was shut down days later after reports of gunshots, according to published reports.