Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images Photo: Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf is at the center of plagiarism controversy, after Internet users pointed out that the entire script of the 27-year-old's directorial debut, a short film called HowardCantour.com, had been lifted from a 2007 comic by Daniel Clowes without any credit or consent.

Shia has since removed the film from Vimeo and, in a series of tweets, apologized for the mistake.

"Copying isn't particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else's idea to produce something new and different is creative work. In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation. I'm embarrassed that I failed to credit Daniel Clowes for his original graphic novella Justin M. Damiano, which served as my inspiration. I was truly moved by his piece of work, and I knew that it would make a poignant and relevant short. I apologize to all who assumed I wrote it. I deeply regret the manner in which these events have unfolded and want [Daniel] to know that I have a great respect for his work. I f—ked up."

As Gawker notes, however, Shia may have plagiarized again in the middle of this apology, as his first two sentences mirror the first two sentences in a Yahoo! Answers comment posted four years ago almost verbatim.

And this isn't the first time Shia hasn't given credit where credit is due, as the site points out. After dropping out of the Broadway play Orphans earlier this year, Shia emailed an apology to the cast and crew — including Alec Baldwin — writing, "A man can tell you he was wrong. That he did wrong. That he planned to. He can tell you when he is lost. He can apologize, even if sometimes it's just to put an end to the bickering." Problem is, that's exactly what Tom Chiarella wrote in an Esquire article entitled "What Is a Man?" three years prior.

Shia, here's how giving proper credit is done:

Source: Gawker, Gawker

Dan Clarendon is an assistant editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!