“Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts said she was handcuffed by Los Angeles police officers after showing some PDA (public display of affection) with her husband Brian James Lucas near Studio City, California, Thursday. She was placed in the back of a squad car after she refused to show authorities her identification and walked away, USA Today wrote.
The star took to Facebook to express her upset over the event. "Today I was handcuffed and detained by 2 police officers from the Studio City Police Department after refusing to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place," she wrote in a post on Facebook.
"When the officer arrived, I was standing on the sidewalk by a tree. I was talking to my father on my cell phone. I knew that I had done nothing wrong, that I wasn't harming anyone, so I walked away."
"A few minutes later, I was still talking to my dad when 2 different police officers accosted me and forced me into handcuffs."
Nearly 4,000 FB users liked the post. It garnered hundreds of comments and was shared more than 2,500 times.
Authorities said they received a complaint of two people involved in “indecent exposure" in a silver Mercedes, the Associated Press reported. The officers let her go when it was determined no crime was committed. She was apparently mistaken for a prostitute.
The LAPD released a statement on the incident that said the North Hollywood Division police officers responded to a "a radio call of indecent exposure," the Los Angeles Times reported. The person who called said, "a male and a female were involved in indecent exposure inside a Silver Mercedes with the vehicle door open."
"The responding sergeant and police officers located two individuals that matched the description of the suspects, and they were briefly detained. Upon further investigation it was determined that no crime had been committed. Ms. Watts and her companion were subsequently released."
The LAPD has opened an internal investigation to figure out if race was a factor, the New York Daily News reported.
Watts’ spokesperson has not commented.
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