Daniele Watts: cops detain actress because they thought she was a prostitute.

Cops Briefly Detain Django Unchained Actress Because They Thought She Was a Prostitute

Cops Briefly Detain Django Unchained Actress Because They Thought She Was a Prostitute

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Sept. 14 2014 2:24 AM

Cops Briefly Detain Django Unchained Actress Because They Thought She Was a Prostitute

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Just another day of blind justice at work in the United States.

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Actress Danièle Watts says she was briefly “handcuffed and detained” by cops in Los Angeles because they thought she was a prostitute. Her boyfriend, chef Brian James Lucas, says the cops thought they were a prostitute and john. Both of them wrote and posted pictures of the ordeal on Facebook. Watts, who played Coco in Django Unchained and stars as Martin’s Lawrence’s daughter on Partners, says the cops “accosted me and forced me into handcuffs.”

Lucas writes that from the questions cops asked, it seemed obvious what was going on:

I could tell that whoever called on us (including the officers), saw a tatted RAWKer white boy and a hot bootie shorted black girl and thought we were a HO (prostitute) & a TRICK (client).
This is something that happened to her and her father when she was 16. What an assumption to make!!!
Because of my past experience with the law, I gave him my ID knowing we did nothing wrong and when they asked D for hers, she refused to give it because they had no right to do so.
So they handcuffed her and threw her roughly into the back of the cop car until they could figure out who she was. In the process of handcuffing her, they cut her wrist, which was truly NOT COOL!!!

Police quickly released Watts when they figured out who she was. Variety got in touch with an LAPD press officer who said the department had no record of the incident.

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