Daniele Watts is an African-American actress who played the cute maid at the CandyLand mansion in Hollywood film, Django Unchained. She claims that she was handcuffed and detained for being mistaken for a prostitute, by Los Angeles police officers.
Watts and her white husband Brian James were exhibiting displays of affection publicly, fully clothed with her sitting in his lap, making out. Afterwards she was on the phone with her father when two officers approached them. They asked to see her identification and when she refused, she was handcuffed and placed in a police car while officers sought to identify her. She reportedly cut her wrist while being roughly handled by the LAPD, and posted photos on Facebook reflecting such. Those photographs also depict her crying with her hands forced behind her back.
Her husband also commented, “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).”
Watts was humiliated and very upset. This incident follows another in California wherein officers detained a television producer who was also African American, while on his way to a pre-Emmy Awards party. He fit a description and was also cuffed. There was no record of Watt’s incident because he wasn’t technically arrested, just detained and released. All we can say is, movie star or not, be careful in those “bootie” shorts, you never know when you may be targeted.
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