Shia LaBeouf Handcuffed by Police After Bar Fight

The Transformers star is questioned and released by police following a scuffle with a fan in Los Angeles

Shia LaBeouf, with his sweet puppy-dog face, may look nice and harmless -- but like the Transformers, there's more to him than meets the eye! The Transformers star, 24, ended up in handcuffs early Sunday morning after he got involved in a brawl at a Los Angeles bar.

According to RadarOnline, LaBeouf and an entourage of 14 friends (yes, 14) were spending Saturday night at the popular watering hole Mad Bull's Tavern. Witnesses say that around 1 a.m., LaBeouf began having a loud argument with another patron on the patio in front of the bar. Words were exchanged, and the other guy, identified as college student Mark Mastro, taunted LaBeouf with a gay slur. Then things got physical.

"Shia then lunged, but the other guy got the first punch in," a witness told the website. "He hit Shia hard in the face and split his lip. I saw him get hit, everyone did."

Mastro tells RadarOnline that LaBeouf was rude to him twice that night -- once when he tried to get a picture with him and a second time when LaBeouf was leaving the bar. Mastro admits to using the gay slur, but says it was LaBeouf who started the fight.

"He charged at me," claims Mastro. "I jumped over the patio fence onto the sidewalk to get away from him. But he kept coming after me. He was getting in my face. He was talking sh**. He was chest-bumping me. A bouncer put Shia in a headlock."

A police officer happened to be passing by when the fight started, so he immediately intervened and called for backup. LaBeouf was handcuffed in front of a parking lot full of police cars and gawking patrons (there's a camera phone video here). The star was questioned and let go, while Mastro simply walked away from the bar without being questioned by police. Nobody was arrested.

This isn't the first time that LaBeouf's drinking has gotten him in trouble with the law. He was charged with a DUI in 2008, and arrested the year before for drunkenly refusing to leave a Walgreens. It sounds like the other guy in this fight wasn't blameless, but the fact that the cops showed up should be a warning to Shia: It's a slippery slope from here to Charlie Sheen territory.

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