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Shia LaBeouf apologizes after caught plagiarizing

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Shia LaBeouf is learning the hard way that it isn't cool to plagiarize. He 'fessed up and is now apologizing.

The actor made his directorial debut with the short film "," which originally premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2012.

It wasn't until Monday, when the film released to the public, that bloggers took notice of its direct similarities to a Daniel Clowes comic called "Justin M Damiano."

"The first I ever heard of the film was this morning when someone sent me a link," Clowes told Buzzfeed.

"I was shocked, to say the least, when I saw that he took the script and even many of the visuals from a very personal story I did six or seven years ago and passed it off as his own work. I actually can't imagine what was going through his mind."

What really ticked off people was that LaBeouf said the comic's work inspired the film, though he didn't include the man's name in the credits.

So, he did what any called-out celebrity would do in times of trouble, he took to Twitter to apologize. Or rather, slightly apologize while still defending himself.

After the backlash, the film is now protected behind a password.

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