Shia LaBeouf Apologizes for Alleged Plagiarism ... via Skywriting

01/02/2014 at 12:00 PM EST

Shia LaBeouf Apologizes to Daniel Clowes Via Skywriting
From left: Shia LaBeouf in Even Stevens; LaBeouf at the Transformers: Dark of the Moon premiere
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If you have to make a public apology following a very public controversy, what better place to express said remorse than the sky itself?

That was apparently Shia LaBeouf's thinking: The actor apologized to graphic novelist Daniel Clowes, whose work LaBeouf is accused of plagiarizing, and he did so in appropriately outsize fashion, hiring a skywriter to broadcast the message above L.A.

"Mr. Clowes, I can only ask that you view my apology as a stepping stone toward repairing this misunderstanding between us. I'm sorry," LaBeouf tweeted, though he seemed to take a step backward a few hours later, tweeting "I am not a biter. I'm a writer for myself and others. I steal some plot points & dialogue," a distinction which we're sure absolutely no one will take issue with.

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