Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actor alleges racial bias after being held by LA police

Django UnchainedAn actor who starred in the Oscar-winning movie Django Unchained has claimed she was handcuffed and detained by police officers in Los Angeles who assumed she was a prostitute, because she was kissing her white partner in his car.

Daniele Watts, who is black and who played the slave CoCo in Quentin Tarantino’s acclaimed 2012 film, said she was “humiliated” by the incident, which she said occurred in the Studio City neighbourhood on Thursday.
The Los Angeles police department at first said it had no record of the incident, because no arrest was made. On Sunday a spokeswoman told the Guardian: “We are looking into it and hope to have more information possibly on Monday.”

Watts posted photographs of the encounter on her Facebook page, one highlighting a bloody injury to her wrist she said was caused by handcuffs, another showing the actor in tears, standing next to a low wall with her hands restrained behind her back and an officer questioning her.

The incident began, Watts said, when a member of the public, apparently upset at the couple’s public display of affection, called police. An officer demanded to see identification from Watts, 28, and her partner Brian Lucas, a celebrity chef. Lucas complied but Watts refused and walked away, saying she was under no obligation to show it. [ theguardian.com ]

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