Actress Daniele Watts is refusing to bow to pressure to apologize for accusing California police of racial profiling following a run-in with cops earlier this month (Sep14).
The black Django Unchained star and her white boyfriend, celebrity chef Brian James Lucas, were detained by officers on 11 September (14) amid reports suggesting the couple had been spotted engaging in lewd conduct in their parked car in Studio City.
An angry Watts declined to hand over identification during questioning and began to walk away, prompting police to apprehend and handcuff her before taking her back to the scene of the incident.
Both she and Lucas subsequently took to their Facebook.com pages and blasted cops for reportedly targeting them because they are an interracial couple, but the police sergeant at the center of the case, Jim Parker, has since spoken out, insisting an audio recording of the whole encounter will prove he and his fellow officers were simply investigating calls from concerned passers-by.
The developments in the case prompted a number of local civil rights activists to call on Watts to apologize for blasting the police, but she remains defiant and in a statement released late on Friday (19Sep14), she maintains her innocence, insisting she did nothing wrong.
She simply states: "It is a constitutional right that we do not have to present ID to any member of law enforcement unless we are being charged with a crime."
Authorities have launched an internal investigation in light of Watts' accusations, although the actress' publicist, Bill McCoy, reveals the couple is not planning to take further action after previously threatening to sue.