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LaBeouf skywrites apology for film

Shia LaBeouf has apologised again to comic book writer Daniel Clowes after being accused of plagiarising his work - this time by hiring a skywriter.

The 27-year-old actor directed short film Howard Cantour.com about a disillusioned film critic, which premiered at Cannes earlier this year. But after it debuted online in December 2013, it was revealed the film included uncredited dialogue from Clowes' story Justin M Damiano, which is about the same subject matter.

Shia hired a skywriter to daub "I am sorry Daniel Clowes" in clouds and tweeted a picture of it.

The Transformers star first apologised on Twitter on December 17, the day after the film was shown online and he was first accused of plagiarism.

He went on to post seemingly apologetic tweets every day for the rest of the year, but it is unclear if his atonements were genuine.

But on December 31 he tweeted: "I am sorry for all the plagiarised tweets, they all were unintelligent, ambiguous and needlessly hurtful.

"You have my apologies for offending you for thinking I was being serious instead of accurately realising I was mocking you."

With the picture of the skywritten apology he also wrote three definitions of the word cloud, as " vapour floating in the atmosphere", "remote servers used to SHARE DATA ", and to make LESS CLEAR or TRANSPARENT".

Clowes previously spoke to Buzzfeed of his "shock" that Shia "took the script and even many of the visuals from a very personal story and passed it off as his own work."

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