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."