Shia LeBeouf
Piers Morgan launched a scathing attack on Shia LaBeouf after he claimed he was raped. Getty

Pier Morgan has accused Shia LeBeouf of "abusing his fame and influence" after the Transformers star claimed he was whipped and raped by a woman he didn't know.

After launching a scathing attack on the Hollywood star on twitter, Morgan branded his allegations a PR stunt in his Daily Mail column.

Last month, LeBeouf stunned fans by claiming in an email interview with Dazed magazine that he sexually was assaulted on Valentine's Day 2014, during his week-long #IAMSORRY performance art installation.

He had invited members of the public to visit him one-on-one in a small room in a Los Angeles gallery where he sat wearing a paper bag over his face which read: "I'm not famous anymore."

According to the 28-year-old actor, on the third day an unidentified woman sexually assaulted him while her partner stood in line outside, as did LeBouef's girlfriend Mia Goth.

"One woman who came with her boyfriend, who was outside the door when this happened, whipped my legs for ten minutes and then stripped my clothing and proceeded to rape me," LaBoeuf wrote.

"[She] whipped my legs for 10 minutes and then stripped my clothing and proceeded to rape me.

"There were hundreds of people in line when she walked out with dishevelled hair and smudged lipstick. It was no good, not just for me but her man as well."

Morgan claimed that LeBeouf had insulted real victims of sexual assault.

"Shia LaBeouf has reduced the most serious of sex crimes to a shameless PR opportunity. A chance to garner headlines, to promote himself as a 'victim," wrote Morgan.

Morgan insisted that if the Fury star did not to stop the attack, he practically consented to it. He was also incensed that the incident was not reported to police.

"He also wants us to believe that he continued to sit there in total silence, presumably with the paper bag still over his head, as his own girlfriend came in and asked him what the hell had just happened?

"And he did all this because he didn't want to break his 'performance art' experiment?

"What a load of absolute baloney, and what a repulsive insult to every single person who has ever been genuinely raped."

Although LeBeouf has not responded to Morgans comments, his collaborator Luke Turner, did come to his defence on twitter.