Danièle Watts, star of Django Unchained, claims she was arrested by police after they observed her kissing her boyfriend in public, assuming that she was a prostitute with her client.
Below is an excerpt from a post to her Facebook page.
“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.
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.”
Her boyfriend, Chef Brian James Lucas, also posted to his own Facebook page corroborating the story.
“Today, Daniele Watts & I were accosted by police officers after showing our affection publicly. From the questions that he asked me as D was already on her phone with her dad, 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).”
Also on Lucas’ page is a photo of an injury Watts sustained while being arrested, a gash on her arm. According to Lucas, the couple are pursuing legal recourse and have been in contact with lawyers, the ACLU, and the NAACP.