That Time Shia LaBeouf’s Co-Star Called Him Out for Being Gross and Dirty

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Shia LaBeouf goes out of his way to feed a homeless man.
Shia's NSFW Video
Shia LaBeouf goes nude in Sigur Ros music video.
There’s fine line between scruffy and unhygienic… and apparently Shia LaBeouf has crossed it.

Speaking with Entertainment Tonight, Maddie Ziegler, who starred alongside the actor in Sia’s “Elastic Heart” music video, says the Transformers star’s hygiene habits were so bad that she had to put her foot down and call him out on set.

“I really did bite Shia, and it was gross because we were dirty and I had to bite his dirty hands,” Ziegler recalls of their performance, in which the two battle it out in an interpretive dance. “I kept wiping myself off and I kept handing the wipes to Shia and he was like, ‘I don’t need the wipes’ and I was like, ‘Yes, you do.’ I brought perfume and everything. I didn’t want to smell and he was like, ‘Oh, I’m totally fine with it. I don’t care.'”

“He actually listened to me,” she continues. “I was like, ‘I’m sorry, but you’re kind of dirty.'”

Though the music video debuted amidst much controversy, in which many viewers thought the clip gave off “creepy pedophilia tones,” Ziegler argues that there’s nothing inappropriate about her dance number with LaBeouf.

“I’ve never danced with a much older guy like that before — and it wasn’t like we were actually dancing together because we were fighting each other. We were battling,” the 12-year-old explains of her interpretive piece with her 28-year-old co-star. “I’m supposed to be portraying a werewolf and pretty much Shia and I have been just living in the cage for a year and I’m the strong one and I’m trying to pretty much kill him.”

Following the music video’s release, Sia has apologized to fans who may have been uncomfortable with the project’s imagery, tweeting: