Actress Daniele Watts was detained for a short period of time over the weekend by a Los Angeles police officer on the suspicion of having sex with her boyfriend in a car parked outside her studio.
Watts’ most notable acting role is Coco in Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-winning film, Django Unchained, and she’s currently playing Martin Lawrence’s daughter on FX’s new comedy series, Partners. “Officers were called by a witnesses in a nearby office stating the actress and her boyfriend were having sex in a car on the street.” In the aftermath, she passionately told the public:
“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 two different police officers accosted me and forced me into handcuffs. 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 done 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!!!!!!!”
Her boyfriend, Brian James Lucas, posted on his Facebook stating:
“Today, Daniele Watts & I were accosted by police officers after showing our affection publicly. 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!!!”
Lucas was trying to be cooperative with the police but Watts was stern about the absurdity of the situation. After refusing to show her identification, the LAPD had no choice but to put the two in handcuffs. Later the LAPD commented on the situation:
“The citizen who called the police to complain told the 9-1-1 operator that a male and a female were involved in indecent exposure inside a Silver Mercedes with the vehicle door open. Watts and Lucas were briefly detained until it was determined that they had not committed a crime, at which point they were released. An internal complaint investigation has been initiated regarding this matter.”
Witnesses claim to have seen Watts straddling Lucas in the car. The caller apparently assumed “lewd acts” were being committed and reported the couple, though Watts states that it is her right to make out with her boyfriend in public. In the interaction between the police officer and Watts, Watts is accusing the officer of racism, although the officer explains he was obligated to ID the two.
Did Watts really need to make a scene about the incident? Was racism involved? Listen to the full audio recording of Watts’ arrest and tell us what you think.
Who’s out of line…the LAPD or Daniele Watts? Read to find out.