He might be able to have you killed, but it looks like writing an original script just isn't in Shia LeBeouf's wheelhouse. The star admitted to accusations of plagiarism of his new short film, HowardCantour.com, early this morning, saying he "got lost in the creative process."

LeBeouf premiered the 12-minute short on his website Monday, though it since has been removed following reports from Wired and Buzzfeed that it was a direct rip off of graphic artist Dan Clowes (of Ghost World fame) novella, Justin M. Damiano. Both stories tell the tale of a conflicted film critic, ambiguously wielding his power to sway public opinion.

So that's a dead giveaway. That, and the fact that entire swaths of dialogue from Clowes' original were repurposed into HowardCantour.com without any attribution. In fact, Clowes only heard about the project once someone sent him a link to watch:

"'The first I ever heard of the film was this morning when someone sent me a link. I've never spoken to or met Mr. LaBeouf ... I actually can't imagine what was going through his mind,' Clowes told BuzzFeed." 

Since word broke that his movie was an expert work of plagiarism, LeBeouf has addressed the situation on Twitter in a multi-part apology:

Copying isn't particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else's idea to produce something new and different IS creative work.
In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation
Im embarrassed that I failed to credit @danielclowes for his original graphic novella Justin M. Damiano, which served as my inspiration
I was truly moved by his piece of work & I knew that it would make a poignant & relevant short. I apologize to all who assumed I wrote it.
I deeply regret the manner in which these events have unfolded and want @danielclowes to know that I have a great respect for his work
— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 17, 2013

So at least he isn't Michael Bay. But, still, once a plagiarist, always a plagiarist. Which perhaps is best illustrated by the possibility that LeBeouf may have plagiarized the first part of his apology for plagiarizing in the first place.

[USA Today]