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Actor Shia LaBeouf checks into rehab for alcoholism

Shia LaBeouf leaving court in New York last week. He did not enter pleas to the charges against him. Credit: Reuters

Actor Shia LaBeouf has checked into rehab for treatment for alcoholism, his publicist has said.

Melissa Kates said the Transformers star had voluntary asked for outpatient care.

It comes after LaBeouf, 28, was arrested last week for using obscene language and becoming aggressive outside New York's Studio 54.

In a statement Kates added: "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."

Shia LaBeouf arrested for 'disorderly conduct' in theatre

Actor Shia LaBeouf has been arrested inside New York's Studio 54 theatre during a performance, police said.

The star of Transformers was charged with criminal conduct and disorderly conduct, New York Police Department detective Brian Sessa said.

Shia LaBeouf refused to leave the theatre, police claimed. Credit: Reuters

LaBeouf, 28, was reportedly escorted out of the theatre by police during the play "Cabaret", after making a disturbance and using obscene language when asked to leave when asked by security.

"He was being rather difficult and combative, verbally to the point where security guards asked him to please leave the premises and he refused. Police were called and he was detained and arrested," NYPD spokesman George Tsourovakas said.

A representative for LaBeouf could not be reached for comment when contacted by Reuters news agency.