African-American actress Daniele Watts, who appeared in “Django Unchained,” was handcuffed and briefly put in the back of a squad car on Thursday after cops received a complaint that two people were “involved in indecent exposure” in a silver Mercedes.
The Los Angeles police said that officers detained Watts and her companion Brian Lucas until they determined no crime was committed.
But TMZ is quoting witnesses who said the two were having sex in the car’s front seat, in mid-afternoon, with the door open.
Watts told KCBS-TV that she and Brian Lucas were merely embracing in the car.
Lucas said that he felt the officer mistook Watts as a prostitute “because he was asking me questions like, `Who is she? How do you know her? Are you together?”
Watts says she walked away and another officer put her in handcuffs and into the back of a patrol car. She was let go after police identified her.
TMZ released police audio of the incident, during which Watts says, among other things, “I think I’d like to identify you … to my publicist,” and, “I serve freedom and love. You guys serve detainment. That’s cool.”
Police say an internal investigation has been launched.