The actor Daniele Watts, who played the slave CoCo in Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 film, Django Unchained, has just claimed that she was arrested by police officers in the city of Los Angeles on Friday who had assumed that she was a prostitute, because she was seen kissing her white partner in his car.
The actor said that she was “humiliated” by the incident, which she has said occurred in the Studio City neighbourhood on Thursday. The Los Angeles police department had said at first that it had no record of the incident because no arrest was made, however on Sunday a spokeswoman said: “We are looking into it and hope to have more information possibly on Monday.”
According to Watts, the incident began with a member of the public calling the police, apparently upset at the public display of affection between Watts and her partner Brian Lucas, a celebrity chef. An officer arrived asking for identification, and Lucas complied, but Watts refused and walked away, saying that she had no obligation to show it.
In a Facebook past, Watts wrote down the rest of the story: “When the officer arrived, I was standing 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 two different police officers accosted me and forced me into handcuffs.”
She was then placed in the back of the car and taken by to the scene, where she was were questioned and released.
Lucas himself said that the line of questioning by the police was close to insulting: “They kept asking, ‘Do you really know her?’”
Lucas posted on Facebook himself, saying that the officers “saw a tatted rocker white boy and a hot bootie shorted black girl and thought we were ho and trick.
“They had nothing to arrest her for. They let her go quite quickly when they realised we were right outside CBS and that she was a celebrity,” he added.
Watts herself stated that she upset but not surprised by what had happened.
“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 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.”