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Actress Daniele Watts is giving further explanation for why she reacted the way she did when she was confronted by the Los Angeles Police Department in September. The Los Angeles Times reports that Watts participated in a panel discussion at USC's School of Law on Monday, where she said that being the victim of racial profiling in the past is what caused her to "explode" at the police officer. Read more Lapd Officer: 'Django Unchained' Actress "Is Lying" Watts and boyfriend Brian James Lucas were questioned by police on Sept. 11 about a report that a couple was having sex in a
- THR Staff
Sarah Jessica Parker revisits Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment (and pisses off the current residents while doing so), Matthew McConaughey‘s little princess stole the show at the American Cinematheque Awards, Cobie Smulders has a bun in the oven and more First Dibs.
Sarah Jessica Parker returns to Carrie Bradshaw’s NYC apartment for a photo shoot promoting her new shoe collection, but the owners say they’re tired of the “frenzied fan attention.” [Cosmopolitan]
Look what I found promenading.
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4-year-old Vida Alves McConaughey proved to be a daddy’s girl when McConaughey was honored with the American Cinematheque Award last night. [Channel 24] Cobie Smulders and Taran Killam are expecting their second baby together. [TV Guide] Robert Downey, Jr. did what on set?! This may or may not change your view on him forever. [Life & Style] Django Unchained star Daniele Watts and her boyfriend »
- Taylor Ferber
Actress Daniele Watts caused quite a stir last month when she spoke out about her detention by Los Angeles police, accusing them of racial profiling. Now Watts, who was originally arrested on suspicion of prostitution, has been charged with committing a lewd act, leading to allegations that the police are looking for payback.
With Watts' husband also facing charges, the couple could be looking at up to six months in prison and a fine of $1,000 - despite the fact that police sergeant Jim Parker reportedly told the Los Angeles Times that the incident would have been ignored if Watts had cooperated. The actress objected to being asked to show ID, arguing that she was doing nothing wrong by kissing her husband in a public place. The American Civil Liberties Union (Aclu) has backed her on this but the Lapd is maintaining its position. Watts has filed a formal complaint.
- Jennie Kermode
Six weeks after responding to what he thought would be a routine lewd conduct call, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Jim Parker is now in a world of trouble. “I've been placed in what's called the ‘penalty box.’ I can't wear a uniform, I can't be on patrol and I can have no civilian contact,” Parker told TheWrap Tuesday evening in a wide-ranging interview. The 25-year Lapd veteran is currently under investigation by the department's internal affairs division as a result of the Sept. 11 arrest of “Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts. See photos: Spike Lee's Ferguson Protest: Banner for »
- Anita Bennett
Django Unchained's Daniele Watts and her boyfriend Brian Lucas have been charged with lewd conduct after allegedly having sex in the front seat of a car on a public street, The New York Daily News reports. As Us Weekly previously reported, the Partners star was handcuffed and briefly accused of indecent exposure along with Lucas on Thursday, Sept. 11, after police were called to a road in Studio City, Los Angeles, by a witness claiming they were having sex in public. No charges were brought at that time, [...] »
Daniele Watts Charged With Lewd Conduct
Watts and Lucas were both charged with lewd conduct for allegedly having sex in the front seat of her car while parked outside CBS Studios. According to reports, witnesses working in an office nearby claim they saw Watts straddling her boyfriend with her breasts exposed on the afternoon of Sept. 11.
Watts, an African American actress, created a stir in September when she claimed that the police detained her unfairly because she was making out with her white boyfriend. “Today I was handcuffed and detained by 2 police officers from the Studio City Police Department after refusing after refusing to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place,” Watts told her Facebook fans at the time. »
Danièle Watts — the Django Unchained actress who claimed she was handcuffed for “kissing while black” — has been charged with a misdemeanor charge of lewd conduct after allegedly having sex with her boyfriend in a car in L.A. last month. While Watts initially said her detention was the result of racial profiling, TMZ released an audio recording and photos of the incident shortly after that appeared to corroborate police allegations — basically, it gets tricky. "We were sent a collection of evidence from law enforcement and after review, our prosecutors felt filing was appropriate," spokesman Frank Mateljan told the New York Daily News today. If convicted, both Watts and her boyfriend, Brian James Lucas, face a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. »
- Anna Silman
Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts, along with her boyfriend Brian James Lucas, has been charged with lewd acts committed in public. Additionally, Lucas has been charged with soliciting a person to engage in lewd acts in public view. The two were originally detained on Sept. 11 after police responded to a citizen's complaint about the two allegedly engaging in a sexual act inside of a Mercedes-Benz with the door open in broad daylight. Shortly after being held by police, the actress took to Facebook to claim her innocence. "I was handcuffed and detained…after refusing to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place," »
The Django Unchained actress who claimed racial profiling by police last month has been charged with lewd conduct, according to TMZ, which broke the story initially. Daniele Watts and her boyfriend, Brian James Lucas, were each reportedly charged with lewd conduct, a misdemeanor that could result in six months in county jail and a $1,000 fine. The couple were stopped after eyewitnesses called the Los Angeles Police Department complaining of a couple having sex in public during daylight hours. Both parties initially denied any wrongdoing, with Watts writing on Facebook that the couple was only "showing affection, fully
- Soo Youn
“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. »
- Alex Stedman
“Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts and her boyfriend Brian James Lucas have each been charged with lewd conduct after being detained by Los Angeles police officers in the Studio City neighborhood last month. According to a legal document issued to TheWrap Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Attorney's office, the 28-year-old actress and her partner were each charged with one count, which carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. The two are set to be arraigned on Nov. 13. A representative for Watts has not yet responded to TheWrap‘s request for comment. Also read: ‘Django Unchained »
- Travis Reilly and Anita Bennett
"Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts may be convincing in the movies, but not in real life because she's just been charged with lewd conduct for allegedly having sex in her car outside CBS Studios.Watts went on a campaign against the Lapd ... accusing cops of racism for cuffing her after people complained they were banging in the Mercedes in Studio City. Watts, who claims she and her Bf were just making out, walked away from cops in a fury, »
- TMZ Staff
Ex-mtv host and Maa fighter Jason “Mayhem” Miller lived tweeted a standoff Thursday with the Orange County Sheriff's Department, the Swat team and even a bomb squad before surrendering to police. “I need to tell everyone about the absolute waste of resources going on outside of my house right now,” he tweeted. “I am counting no less than five officers.” Also read: Daniele Watts Admits Mistakes, Explains Why She Didn't Cooperate With Police Miller's rant on Twitter began Thursday morning when police attempted to serve a warrant at his Mission Viejo, Calif. home for alleged instances of stalking and domestic violence. »
- Travis Reilly
Robert Pattinson‘s rumored girlfriend, singer Fka twigs, is reporting a disturbing “amount of racism” being hurled at her through Twitter comments since the couple's relationship gained publicity earlier this month. “I am genuinely shocked and disgusted at the amount of racism that has been infecting my account the past week,” the 26-year-old English singer-songwriter, whose real name is Tahliah Debrett Barnett, tweeted Sunday. “Racism is unacceptable in the real world and it's unacceptable online.” Also read: Daniele Watts Admits Mistakes, Explains Why She Didn't Cooperate With Lapd Twigs, one of Billboard‘s “14 Artists to Watch in 2014,” is of Jamaican and Spanish descent. »
- Greg Gilman
Daniele Watts wrote an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times in which she addressed the controversy surrounding her recent police stop that made headlines. The “Django Unchained” actress acknowledged that she could have been calmer and more patient, but stood by her use of what the Los Angeles Police Department officer on the scene called the “race card.” As Watts described the scene in her article, she and her partner Brian Lewis were standing on the grass when police approached them. “He said he had received a call about a couple engaged in lewd conduct and asked for our IDs, »
- Jason Hughes
The police officer at the center of the brief detention of actress Daniele Watts is calling foul play over the Lapd's internal affairs investigation of the incident. Lapd Sgt. Jim Parker says that he and the two junior officers are being deprived of due process by being investigated without formal charges. "It's very frustrating to learn Watts never filed a complaint but the department started its own complaint and no allegations have been framed yet,'" Parker tells The Hollywood Reporter. "This is what our department has become under current leadership! It's disgusting." See more Stars Behaving Badly: From Justin Bieber
- Soo Youn
Clearly, this hasn't worked out quite as well as the actress may have hoped. After going viral about a week ago, with countless voices sharing their support and encouragement of Daniele Watts - the black actress who claimed that she was detained by the Lapd for kissing her white boyfriend in public - many of those same voices have turned against her, after new evidence that wasn't initially public, was released late last week (thanks to TMZ) - specifically an audio recording of the incident, as well as photographs taken by onlookers. Comments left on Watts' Facebook page have become increasingly negative. A tiny sample: - "I'm black, but the latest audio that »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Civil rights leaders who initially defended Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts in her dispute with the Los Angeles Police Department are now calling on her to apologize. Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable president Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Project Islamic Hope president Najee Ali and other activists held a press conference Friday, telling reporters that they now have doubts about Watts' side of the story. "I was one that was very outspoken about it," Hutchinson said about having come to Watts' defense when her story first broke, as quoted by NBC 4. "We take racial profiling very seriously. It's not a play
- Ryan Gajewski
“Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts is refusing to apologize to the Los Angeles Police Department despite backlash from critics and “overtly racist and sexist remarks” on social media. Also read: Daniele Watts’ Boyfriend Reveals Why the Actress ‘Pulled the Race Card’ During Police Stop “When I was forced into handcuffs, the detaining officer cited this as his reason: ‘My supervisor said that you, he ordered you to stay and you left, so that's why we pulled over — and that's why you're being detained,'” she said in a statement given to TheWrap. “This is simply not true.” As TheWrap previously reported, »
- Travis Reilly
Daniele Watts has been accused of playing the race card after refusing to hand over identification to Los Angeles police officers who detained her last week. But boyfriend Brian James Lucas has defended her actions, explaining she's been subjected to similar treatment on several occasions. Also read: ‘Django Unchained’ Actress Daniele Watts Under Scrutiny: Her Credibility Is Going to Be in the Toilet “ was the third time in the past few months that and I have had to deal with cops profiling a ‘black and white couple,'” he said Wednesday in a Facebook statement. On Sept. 11, the “Django Unchained” actress made headlines when. »
- Travis Reilly
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