Shia LaBeouf Receiving Treatment for Alcohol Addiction After New York Arrest

Shia LaBeouf

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updated 06/30/2014 AT 6:00 PM ET

originally published 07/01/2014 AT 8:00 PM ET

Shia LaBeouf is being treated for alcohol addiction after getting arrested at a Broadway show last week for acting disorderly and being verbally abusive, PEOPLE confirms.

“Contrary to previous erroneous reports, Shia LaBeouf has not checked into a rehabilitation facility but he is voluntarily receiving treatment for alcohol addiction,” his rep says in a statement.

“He understands that these recent actions are a symptom of a larger health problem and he has taken the first of many necessary steps towards recovery.”

The news comes after a string of bizarre behavior from the former Transformers star, 28, who gained fame on Disney Channel’s Even Stevens.

In February, the actor walked out of a press conference and wore a paper bag over his head at the premiere of Nymphomanic in Berlin, just a month after he said he was leaving public life.

LaBeouf told Parade magazine in 2009 that he was “working to be a better person.”

“I have no answers to anything. None. Why am I an alcoholic? I haven’t a damn clue! What is life about? I don’t know,” he said about injuring his hand in a 2008 car crash that left his driver’s license suspended. (He refused a chemical test at the time.) “What I do know is, I screw up.”

LaBeouf was charged June 27 with one count of criminal trespassing and two counts of disorderly conduct. He will reappear in court later in July.

• Reporting by JULIE JORDAN

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