African-American actress Danièle Watts posted on Facebook that she was handcuffed and detained after police saw her kissing her white boyfriend.
Cheffy BeLive, her boyfriend, posted on Facebook that:
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).
This is something that happened to her and her father when she was 16. What an assumption to make!!!
Watts explained that,
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 said that she refused to show ID, as she had done nothing wrong, before she was forced — crying –into the back of the police cruiser.
BeLive posted a photo of the injury the film star suffered at the hands of the police — all for having the audacity to kiss a white man on a public street.
“I remembered the countless times my father came home frustrated or humiliated by the cops when he had done nothing wrong, ” Watts wrote in her Facebook post. ” 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!!!!!!!”
Lucas says the couple has been in touch with the NAACP, ACLU, and three lawyers following the disgusting events.
Watts was a star of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, was the object of Shane Botwin’s affection on Weeds, and will have a role on FX’s upcoming The Partnership.