Django Unchained actress says L.A. police handcuffed her after mistaking her for a prostitute

National Post | Arts

LOS ANGELES — Actress Daniele Watts, who appeared in Django Unchained, is complaining that she was handcuffed and briefly put in the back of a squad car after a public display of affection with her white companion.

Brian Lucas told KCBS-TV in a joint interview with Watts that he suspects police mistook the black actress for a prostitute “because he was asking me questions like, ‘Who is she? How do you know her? Are you together?’”

The Los Angeles Police Department said Sunday that officers detained the pair after a complaint that two people were “involved in indecent exposure” in a silver Mercedes. Watts was detained until police determined no crime was committed.

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Watts told the station that she and Lucas were embracing in the car Thursday when police showed up. The station said the two have been dating for the past year.

“I knew that the…

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