The white celebrity chef boyfriend of a black actress said the couple was detained by Los Angeles police based on an assumption that she was a prostitute and he was her client.
Daniele Watts, who played Coco in the Oscar-nominated "Django Unchained," was handcuffed during the incident that her boyfriend Brian James Lucas — a.k.a. Cheffy Be*Live — videotaped and photographed, CNN added.
The LAPD reported getting a complaint on Thursday about a couple "involved in a sexual act inside a Mercedes with the vehicle door open," Officer Sally Madera told CNN on Sunday.
Lucas wrote on his Facebook page that whoever called in the complaint, as well as police, "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 added on Facebook that he's "in an open relationship" with Watts.
Here's Watts' account from her Facebook page:
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.
"Two people were briefly detained, but it was revealed no crime had been committed," Medera told CNN.
The incident occurred near the gate of the CBS Studio Center in Studio City, which is home to many celebrities.
Lucas wrote that when they were asked to show ID, he complied but Watts refused "because they had no right to do so."
"So they handcuffed her and threw her roughly into the back of the cop car until they could figure out who she was," Lucas added, according to CNN. "In the process of handcuffing her, they cut her wrist, which was truly NOT COOL!!!"
Soon police let Watts go "when they realized we were right outside CBS and that she was a celebrity and I was a celeb chef," Lucas wrote, CNN noted. "Before they figured out who she was they were threatening calling an ambulance and drugging her for being psychologically unstable, SO NOT COOL WHATSOEVER!"
The couple has contacted lawyers, the ACLU and the NAACP, Lucas wrote.
UPDATE 11:20 a.m.: New audio of the incident has surfaced, according to TheWrap. On it Watts allegedly asks an officer, “You know how many times the cops have been called just because I'm black and he's white? I'm just being really honest, sir.”
“Who brought up a race card? I never said nothing about you being black,” Sgt. Jim Parker reportedly replied, according to the audio obtained by TMZ, eventually adding, "Thank you for bringing up the race card. I never hear that.”
TheWrap noted, citing TMZ, that witnesses inside the Directors Guild office building told police they saw the couple having sex in the Mercedes with the door open. Watts said she was "making out" with Lucas, TheWrap added.
When police asked for the couple's I.D.s, Lucas complied but Watts did not.
“I want to see your I.D.," Parker reportedly told Watts, TheWrap added. "Somebody called, which gives me the right to be here, so it gives me the right to identify you by law. I'm going to get your ID one way or the other.”
Parker reportedly said the whole thing would've taken “five minutes” if Watts had given police her I.D.: “I'd already be gone,” Sgt. Parker reportedly added to Lucas as Watts stormed away, TheWrap noted.
According to TheWrap, Watts was handcuffed for leaving the scene. Then Watts reportedly accused police, as well as those who called them, of racism.
“I bet there is at least one person up there that is a racist. I bet you,” Watts said, TheWrap noted. “I bet you're a little bit racist.”
Here are the audio excerpts. (Warning: Some strong language):
The following clip appeared as part of the original story posted Sunday night: