Daniele Watts handcuffed after kissing boyfriend Brian James Lucas in a car
Daniele Watts was detained by LAPD officers on September 11, Django Unchained actress wrote on Facebook.
Daniele Watts, 33, said she had been kissing her boyfriend, Brian James Lucas, in a car.
They were sitting in a Mercedes parked on Ventura Boulevard.
DanieleWatts, who appeared in Django Unchained, is black. Brian James Lucas, a celebrity chef who specializes in raw food, is white.
Those facts are not in dispute. Other parts of the story, however, are controversial.
According to Variety: “Studio City police mistook the couple for a prostitute and john.
“Watts refused to show her ID to the cops, and was therefore handcuffed.”
In a photo Daniele Watts posted on Facebook, she is standing on a sidewalk, crying.
Afterwards she was placed in a police car.
Daniele Watts wrote: “I was sitting in that back of this cop car, filled with adrenaline, my wrist bleeding in pain.”
More than 6,500 people have liked the post, and it has been shared almost 4,000 times.
The incident strikes a chord for many people, particularly in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri.
In a statement, the LAPD say they were responding to a call about “indecent exposure”.
“Upon further investigation it was determined that no crime had been committed,” the statement reads.
“An internal complaint investigation has been initiated.”
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