The actress was "briefly detained" by police officers responding to a report of indecent exposure
Danièle Watts says she was wrongly “accosted” by officers from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) last Friday.
The actress played CoCo in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and was with her husband Brian James Lucas when she was “briefly detained” by police responding to a report of indecent exposure.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Watts said she was “bleeding in pain” after beng handcuffed by police officers.
Watts, who plays Martin Lawrence’s daughter in the FX comedy series Partners, revealed details of the incident on 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.”
Watts spoke of how the incident brought back memories of her father’s experiences:
“As I was sitting in the back of the police car, I remembered the countless times my father came home frustrated or humiliated by the cops when he had done nothing wrong.
“I felt his shame, his anger, and my own feelings of frustration for existing in a world where I have allowed myself to believe that ‘authority figures’ could control my BEING… my ability to BE!!!!!!!”
The LAPD told The Hollywood Reporter Watts and Lucas were “briefly detained” by officers responding to a report of indecent exposure. According to the LAPD an “internal complaint investigation” will be carried out following the incident.