“Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts, who made headlines last month saying she was accosted by police after they mistook her for a prostitute, has been charged with lewd conduct for the incident, along with her boyfriend Brian James Lucas, according to TMZ.
Los Angeles police approached the couple while they were in a car outside CBS Studios, with police saying they received an indecent exposure complaint. Watts took to social media to voice her concerns.
“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,” she wrote on her Facebook page.
According to the L.A. Times, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office charged the couple with misdemeanor lewd conduct. If convicted, they could serve a maximum of six months in jail and face a $1,000 fine.
The couple contended that they were mistreated by police because Watts is black and Lucas is white.
“Would someone have called the police if it had been a white couple?” Watts wrote in an L.A. Times op-ed. “Would the sergeant have been so zealous in ‘investigating’ what was clearly not a crime? Does bias have something to do with how and why Brian and I have been stopped this year? I think it probably does.”
Authorities issued a statement after the incident drew national attention, saying that they were responding to a complaint that a man and woman were involved in indecent exposure in a silver Mercedes with the door open.
After heading to the scene, police said they “located two individuals that matched the description of the suspects, and they were briefly detained.”