During an interview with Dazed magazine, the Fury star opened up about the incident, saying that although he was able to connect emotionally with some of the people who visited him during the exhibit, things took a turn when one particular woman arrived.
"One woman who came with her boyfriend, who was outside the door when this happened, whipped my legs for ten minutes and then stripped my clothing and proceeded to rape me...there were hundreds of people in line when she walked out with disheveled hair and smudged lipstick," he told the mag. "It was no good, not just for me but her man as well."
Following those claims, two of the collaborators on the project – artists Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner – both spoke out about what went down, with Nastja first tweeting this to her followers.:
A couple of important clarifications about our #IAMSORRY project earlier this year:- Nastja Säde Rönkkö (@NastjaRonkko) November 30, 2014
Nowhere did we state that people could do whatever they wanted to Shia during #IAMSORRY.- Nastja Säde Rönkkö (@NastjaRonkko) November 30, 2014
As soon as we were aware of the incident starting to occur, we put a stop to it and ensured that the woman left.- Nastja Säde Rönkkö (@NastjaRonkko) November 30, 2014
Luke also chimed in, after Piers Morgan slammed Shia's claims and asked the artist why he didn't stop the incident if it was true.
@piersmorgan It wasn't clear at the time precisely what had happened, & the 1st priority was to ensure everybody's safety in the gallery...1/2- Luke Turner (@Luke_Turner) November 30, 2014
@piersmorgan She ran out, rather than simply walking away. Beyond that, it's not my place to comment. 2/2- Luke Turner (@Luke_Turner) November 30, 2014
Aside from that incident, Shia said he had never "experienced love, empathy, and humanity," like he did during the exhibit. "Almost everyone who came in had preconceived notions of what they were going to experience, and as soon as Nastja Rönkkö brought them through the curtain, everything changed," he continued. "I went from being a celebrity or object to a fellow human."