Assault charges against Shia LaBeouf dropped

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Shia LaBeouf (Steve Kastenbaum/CNN)

NEW YORK — Charges against Shia LaBeouf have been dismissed, according to a court spokeswoman.

The actor and performance artist was charged with misdemeanor assault and a harassment violation after getting in a scuffle during an anti-Trump rally in New York City in January.

According to police, LaBeouf and a 25-year-old anti-Trump protester got into a verbal exchange in front of the Museum of the Moving Image. LaBeouf was accused of scratching the man’s face when he pulled his scarf.

The incident occurred at the actor’s anti-Trump art installation.

A spokeswoman with the Queens District Attorney’s Office said La Beouf was given a “pre-arraignment dismissal,” citing insufficient evidence.

His first court appearance would have been late next week.

CNN has reached out to LaBeouf’s representatives for comment.

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