People: Shia LaBeouf & Margaret Qualley ‘are not dating, but have fun together’

On Christmas Eve, Shia LaBeouf’s lawyer Shawn Holley told Variety that “Shia needs help and he knows that. We are actively seeking the kind of meaningful, intensive, long-term inpatient treatment that he desperately needs.” I felt weird about how carefully worded that was, but I also felt like… if Shia’s lawyer is saying that to Variety, then it must be true. Narrator’s voice: It was a lie. Perhaps Shia is “actively seeking” an in-patient rehab for being an emotionally and physically abusive psycho, but his search must be pretty slow-going. He was photographed with Margaret Qualley the day after Christmas (two days after he was supposedly “actively seeking” a treatment facility). Shia and Margaret were out and about in LA, looking coupled up. But “sources” want us to know that Margaret and Shia aren’t dating.

Shia LaBeouf is stepping out with Margaret Qualley over the holidays amid allegations of abuse against the actor from his ex-girlfriend, singer FKA Twigs.

On a hike in Los Angeles the day after Christmas, the Transformers actor and the Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood actress were seen holding hands. This follows previous sightings after LaBeouf was spotted picking up Qualley from the LAX airport earlier this month. They were then seen showing PDA during various other outings.

A source tells PEOPLE LaBeouf, 34, and Qualley, 26, sparked a connection after starring in a NSFW music video together earlier this year.

“They got close when they filmed Love Me Like You Hate Me in the early fall,” the source says. “They are both very passionate people. They are not dating, but have fun together. Margaret is a social butterfly and has a big group of friends. She doesn’t really bring Shia around this group though. She is not interested in having a boyfriend.”

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“They are not dating, but have fun together. Margaret is a social butterfly and has a big group of friends….She is not interested in having a boyfriend.” Well, she might not be interested in having a boyfriend, but she definitely has one now and he’s an abusive douchebag. Margaret and Shia were seen kissing at the airport (he was picking her up) and out for a run and hanging out all over LA, doing boyfriend-girlfriend stuff. I guess this is how Margaret reconciles being with a guy who was sued for emotional and physical abuse by his recent ex-girlfriend. “Oh, we aren’t really dating, we’re just hanging out constantly and having sex.” Girl, you’re dating him. AND WATCH OUT.

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