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LA Cops Throw ‘Django Unchained’ Actress in Handcuffs, Thought She Was a Prostitute

Django Unchained actress accused of being a prostitute

Actress Daniele Watts in ‘Django Unchained’
Source: Facebook

Actress Daniele Watts was handcuffed and briefly detained by police officers in Los Angeles because they assumed she was a prostitute and her white boyfriend was her client.

Watts, who was Coco in the 2012 film Django Unchained and plays Martin Lawrence’s daughter on the FX TV show Partners, had a rough run-in with Los Angeles Police Department officers on Thursday.

While the Black actress was out with her white boyfriend, chef Brian James Lucas, cops approached the couple and accused Watts of being a prostitute.

Lucas captured several photos of the incident and posted about what happened on Facebook.

In Lucas’s opinion, the cops were racially profiling his girlfriend.

“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),” he wrote on Facebook in addition to sharing photos of Watts in handcuffs.

The petite actress is seen crying in several images while dressed in an outfit that certainly would not suggest she was a prostitute.

Watts was dressed in sneakers, colorful shorts, and a white graphic T-shirt.

Lucas went on to reveal that Watts experienced this same thing when she was only 16 years old.

“This is something that happened to her and her father when she was 16,” Lucas wrote. “What an assumption to make!!! Because of my past experience with the law, I gave him my ID knowing we did nothing wrong and when they asked D for hers, she refused to give it because they had no right to do so.”

LAPD racially profiled Django Unchained actress and white boyfriend

Source: Facebook

Despite Watts having the right not to hand over her identification, she was quickly put into handcuffs and allegedly injured in the process.

“So they handcuffed her and threw her roughly into the back of the cop car until they could figure out who she was,” Lucas continued. “In the process of handcuffing her, they cut her wrist, which was truly NOT COOL!!!”

The images on his social media page have generated a lot of attention and caused uproar on the social media site.

“This is clearly racist,” one comment said under an image of Watts crying in handcuffs with an officer standing by her side.

Another comment asked why Watts was the only one placed in handcuffs if Lucas was allegedly “the client.”

Other commenters said they were “disgusted” by the way the actress had been treated and encouraged her to file a lawsuit.

So far, there has been no talk of a lawsuit from the actress, and it does not seem likely that she will file one.

Watts was taken out of the handcuffs as soon as officers were able to confirm her identity.


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4 thoughts on “LA Cops Throw ‘Django Unchained’ Actress in Handcuffs, Thought She Was a Prostitute

  1. I have a few suggestions for Ms. Watts: 1) don't perform lewd acts in view of the public 2) if you must perform lewd acts in public, don't give the police officer grief – he/she is just doing their job 3) if an officer responds to a complaint about you performing lewd acts and asks for id, give it to him. Not everyone knows, or cares, who you are, dear. 4) if you refuse to provide id, expect the officer to detain you until he/she can sort out if you are a known prostitute 5) crying, screaming, throwing down the race card, demanding the officer talk to your daddy (really, girl? how old are you?) only annoys the officer and makes you look like either a brat or attention ho. The officer, in my opinion, behaved like a true professional.

  2. Rufus Rufus says:

    Some black people attempt to escape/deny their "blackness" by dating and marrying white, in hopes that they can avoid the struggles that we black folks deal with on a daily basis. That effort fails in time, because, eventually, we all get that n***** wake up call. Just ask OJ.

  3. Rufus Rufus says:

    How dare Ms. Watts "play the race card," because we know racism doesn't exist. After all, we are "post racial," right?


  4. Evangelist Marvin Little says:

    Race Card ? This not a game.
    White people insult Black people when they address the sins of White people and racism , then act like they're off with the fairies or out to lunch.
    This is a sign of racism; you justify police misconduct of a white cop and condemn a Black lady minding her own business.
    If police do wrong, let them own up to it. Everyone will be judge, and the tables will be turned with white people bowing down to Black people like the Holy Bible says.
    Enjoy your hypocrisy while you can, but woe unto those who do such things.

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