"I don't condemn people for their mistakes," Johnson said. "I want them to get through it. So that's what I tried to do."
While appearing on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Wednesday, the actress offered her perspective about what went down when LaBeouf was booked for public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and obstruction at the time.
"It was really kind of sad," Johnson began. "I felt very protective of him and I felt very...that's really terrifying and difficult journey for somebody to experience and I felt really aware of that.
"We were there to make this movie," she continued. "And Zack [Gottsagen] is a really phenomenal human being and, he kind of -- you feel very awake to the truth of life, and humanity, and love and people and real connections when you're with him and I think that was just a kind of, a very important moment for Shia."
She concluded, "I don't condemn people for their mistakes. I want them to get through it. So that's what I tried to do."
LaBeouf was busted in 2017 after asking a bystander and police officer for a cigarette and became disorderly when he didn't get one. It escalated and he became aggressive, before then making racist statements about the black arresting officer once in police custody.
After he finished filming the indie flick, LaBeouf entered a court-ordered rehab facility in Connecticut -- the alternative being years in jail. A part of LaBeouf's treatment included him writing down his past. This ultimately led to the script for his critically-acclaimed film "Honey Boy," a movie inspired by his own life growing up in Hollywood and all the highs and lows that came with it.
Meanwhile, earlier in Johnson's interview with Ellen, the "Fifty Shades of Grey" star spoke about her 30th birthday blowout this past October. And things became a little awkward when Johnson named Tig Notaro, who performed at her bday, as her favorite comedian right in front of Ellen.
See how it all went down in the clip, above.
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