LaBeouf could face legal action for lifting idea

Shia Labeouf (Courtesy: Lucas Films)
Shia Labeouf (Courtesy: Lucas Films)
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Updated: 12/18/2013 8:37 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There may be legal ramifications for Shia LaBeouf after he acknowledged borrowing from another artist's work without giving proper credit.

LaBeouf debuted his short film, "Howard Cantour.com," online on Monday starring Jim Gaffigan. It examines the life of an anguished online film critic. That was also the story line of a 2007 graphic novella by artist Daniel Clowes titled "Justin M. Damiano."

Clowes declined to comment directly, but according to his publisher, Fantographics' Eric Reynolds, Clowes "is exploring his legal options."

Reynolds said Wednesday he was "baffled" by the news of LaBeouf's project, which he and Clowes got wind of on Monday.

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