Guess you can add kissing your husband to the list of things one has to be careful doing "while Black." Actress Danièle Watts, who notably played the slave Coco in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, learned that lesson the hard way on Thursday after she was detained by the Los Angeles Police Department for kissing her white husband. New reports from TMZ claims she was stopped and question for having sex in public.
According to accounts by Watts and her husband Brian James Lucas, two police officers grew suspicious when they saw the couple engaged in PDA outside of CBS's Studio City production facility. When the officers asked Watts to produce a photo id when questioned, she refused. Watts was subsequently handcuffed while the officers attempted to figure out who she was. The cops claimed she was handcuffed after she walked away.
"I sat on his lap in the front seat of the car and we start making out," she tells BuzzFeed. A man from a nearby office came out and asked the couple to “stop putting on a show.” The police arrived shortly thereafter.
Watts posted her feelings about the humiliation to her Facebook page. "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," she wrote. "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!!!!!!!"
TMZ is reporting according to witnesses the police were called because Watts and Lucas were not "making out," but having sex in the car. In the police audio, there is no reference to sex in public. While handcuffed, Watts said, "I don't understand how we live in a free country where cops put you in handcuffs for nothing." She also adds, "You get to go around making people feel like they are powerless. You get to walk around with this false sense of power that's not real." Watts and Lucas were not charged with a crime and released.
The actress currently stars alongside Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer in the network sitcom Partners.
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