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Monday, July 28, 2008

Hand injury to keep Shia LaBeouf off 'Transformers' sequel for month


LOS ANGELES - "Transformers" star Shia LaBeouf will need a month off to recuperate after getting hurt in a car accident that got him busted on drunk driving charges.

His reps say he'll that much time to heal the mangled mitt he received when his truck smashed into another vehicle and rolled across a West Hollywood intersection around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

"Shia is currently recovering from extensive hand surgery with plans to return to work on the set of Transformers 2 within one month," a statement from LaBeouf's publicist and lawyers said.

The "Transfomers" sequel was scheduled to resume filming Monday in Los Angeles with the notoriously hard-driving director Michael Bay at the helm.

Sheriff's officials said LaBeouf showed "outward sings of intoxication" after he turned left at the intersection of La Brea Ave. and Fountain Ave. and hit another vehicle with his giant Ford pickup.

Originally facing felony charges, LaBeouf was booked for misdemeanor DUI after Sheriff's deputies followed him to the hospital and determined the injuries to his unidentified female passenger and the driver of the other vehicle were minor.

LaBeouf, who also appeared in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," has had minor scrapes with the law before.

The onetime star of Disney's "Even Stevens" TV show, LaBeouf was arrested Nov. 4 in Chicago after a guard in a Walgreens drugstore said the actor was drunk and refused to leave. The case was dismissed.

He was cited for unlawful smoking in Burbank last February and temporarily was the subject of a bench warrant when he failed to make a court appearance.

Last month he was busted for illegal smoking in the bathroom of the Smithsonian National Air and Space in Washington D.C. during filming for "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."
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