The former Even Stevens actor appeared on Complex’s Hot Ones YouTube series, where he addressed the long-lived rumor he knocked out Hardy on the set of their 2012 film Lawless.
Shia called Hardy’s version “a bunch of bullshit,” and blamed the whole thing on Hardy, claiming that it was him who started a “cutie wrestling match” between the pair when he snuck into Shia’s house to attack him by surprise.
My girlfriend at the time was over at my house, we were on this balcony. We saw him and his trainer coming back from the gym. We used to fuck with each other all the time but it just so happened that, this one week, my girlfriend was in town and he runs into the room. The girl I was with at the time was terrified. She covered up and she ran into the kitchen and he picked me up and I didn’t have nothing on so now I’m naked on his shoulder. We’re in the hallway, we’re wrestling around … We wound up inching over to the stairs and he fell down the stairs. He wound up hurting his back, so for the rest of the shoot he said I knocked him out, but that wasn’t the case.Shia LaBeouf
Apparently there’s footage of the incident floating around somewhere, as someone named “Peanut” was apparently filmed the entire thing.
Someone, please find this footage.
You can check out the wrestling story at the 17:40 mark: