By Lindsey Bahr
December 17, 2013 at 08:20 AM EST

UPDATE: According to reports, Shia LaBeouf also plagiarized his apology.

HowardCantour.com wasn’t exactly a new thing. The Shia LaBeouf-directed short premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Critic’s Week sidebar in 2012, and, despite some acclaim, little was made of his portrait of an online film critic.

But the film was made available online Monday, and things started to spiral out of control quickly when bloggers noticed that LaBeouf’s short film bore a striking resemblance to author Daniel Clowes’ comic Justin M. Damiano. Soon after, articles started dissecting the similarities and direct references to Clowes’ text without any attribution, and the video disappeared behind a password-protected wall.

LaBeouf had remained out of touch for most of the day, and his reps did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment. But then, early Tuesday morning, LaBeouf decided to tweet his thoughts on the kerfuffle, culminating in the mea culpa, “I f—-d up.” Take a look after the jump.

EW’s request for comment to Clowes was not returned.

Copying isn’t particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else’s idea to produce something new and different IS creative work.

— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 17, 2013

In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation — Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 17, 2013

Im embarrassed that I failed to credit @danielclowes for his original graphic novella Justin M. Damiano, which served as my inspiration — Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 17, 2013

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.

— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 17, 2013

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

I fucked up.

— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 17, 2013

But the controversy doesn’t end there. Buzzfeed points out that part of LaBeouf’s apology comes from an answer from a user named Lili on Yahoo Answers.

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