US police 'mistake' Django Unchained actress for prostitute

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Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts has claimed she was ‘‘handcuffed and detained’’ by US police after they mistook her for a prostitute.

Watts, the African-American actress who played slave Coco in the Quentin Tarantino film, said her and her white husband Brian James Lucas were approached by officers in Los Angeles last week after they were spotted ‘‘showing affection publicly’’.

The couple expressed frustration on their Facebook pages and posted photos of the incident, which allegedly ended with Watts in the back of a police car and a cut wrist from the handcuffs.

‘‘Yesterday, Daniele Watts & I were accosted by police officers after showing our affection publicly,’’ Lucas posted on Thursday.

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‘‘Because of my past experience with the law, I gave him my ID knowing we did nothing wrong and when they asked (Watts) for hers, she refused to give it 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.’’

The couple said it wasn’t the first time they’d been hassled by police who believed Watts was a prostitute.

‘‘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,’’ Watts posted on her Facebook page.

The actress also put up a picture of herself sobbing as she stood in front of an officer in shorts, a t-shirt, and running shoes.

According to Variety, Los Angeles police have no record of incident because Watts wasn’t arrested or taken in for questioning.

- AAP