Daniele Watts and her boyfriend have been charged with lewd conduct, following a highly-publicised incident in which she accused a Los Angeles police officer of racism.
The Django Unchained actress and boyfriend Brian James Lucas were detained on 11 September, after a complaint alleging that the pair had been having sex in a car outside CBS Studios.
Watts claimed that the incident was a result of racial profiling, a view shared by her partner who alleged that police had mistaken the actress for a prostitute and he a client.
She claims that she refused to produce her photo ID when asked by police, and was then handcuffed and held in a police car as the officers tried to work out who she was. She reportedly also alleged that she had cut her wrist as a result of being handled roughly by the LAPD officers.
“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 on her Facebook post.
“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!!!!!!!”
However, TMZ reports that since listening to the LAPD audio and various eyewitness accounts, as well as photographs of the pair in the car, that prosecutors have charged Watts and Lucas with lewd conduct.
The LAPD officer in question, Jim Parker, has consistently denied racial bias calling the allegations “malicious and false statements”.Reuse content