Actress Danielle Watts, who accused the police of racial profiling when she was detained by Los Angeles police when found in a parked car with her boyfriend has been charged with commiting a lewd act in public.
According to police, they had responded to a report of a couple exposing themselves indecently inside a silver Mercedes. The actress, who appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained was handcuffed when refusing to show ID when asked.
Because of this charge of lewd conduct, both Ms Watts and her partner, Brian James Lucas face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if they are convicted.
Both still are allowed free to wait for another case hearing on 13th November.
Both Watts and Lucas have been very vocal about their objection to the incident that happened on 11th September in Studio City, with Watts taking to social media to claim that her rights had been violated, and Lucas saying that the police assumed that Watts was her ‘ho’.
In interviews after the incident the couple have insisted that they were only showing public affection and doing nothing improper, but have taken criticism, particularly from other black activists.
One such activist, Najee Ali said: “Too many black folks have been actual victims of racial profiling and brutality. If we defend people who cry wolf … no one will take it seriously.
“We came to the aid of someone who has been victimized. Then we realized the race cars had been misplayed in this particular case.”