Actress Daniele Watts is refusing to bow to pressure to apologise 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 centre 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 apologise 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.
The police sergeant caught up in actress Daniele Watts' detention drama last week (11Sep14) insists a recording of his encounter with the Django Unchained star will help him prove she's making "malicious and false statements" about himself and fellow officers. Watts and her boyfriend, celebrity chef Brian James Lucas, were apprehended by police following reports suggesting the couple had been spotted indecently exposing themselves in their car in Studio City, California.
Angry Watts refused to hand over identification and began walking away. She was apprehended, handcuffed and taken back to the scene in a police car.
Lucas told TMZ.com on Monday (15Sep14) that he and Watts have hired a lawyer and plan to file a formal complaint against the officers, as Los Angeles police officials launched an internal investigation.
But now Sgt. Jim Parker has opened up about the incident, revealing he recorded what went down - and it will prove that he and his fellow officers did nothing wrong.
Sgt. Parker insists he had no intention of arresting "people having sex in the car" when he was called to the scene, adding, "No one wants to arrest anybody... She (Watts) starts making a fuss, and quite frankly I don't need to see her ID but she does have to ID herself."
The officer refused to confront Watts or chase after her as she walked away, and instead called on a nearby female cop to apprehend her.
Sgt. Parker tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I've been here before, I'm not touching her. I don't want to be accused of anything. So I requested a female officer and said, 'Hey guys, grab that female on the phone and bring her back to me'.
"I'm thinking, 'God, it's taking a long time to bring her back to me'. They said, 'She's being difficult'. They have her handcuffed, because that's what they do. It's too far to walk, so they drove her back. And I said, 'You have to give me your ID or tell me your name'. She's crying."
Watts told CNN on Monday that the LAPD officers "accosted me and forced me into handcuffs', and insisted the cops suggested she had done "something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place".
She also accused the police of disrespecting her.
But Sgt. Parker insists his recording will prove the police officers did nothing wrong, adding, "She had no idea I was recording. So I asked her, 'Why are you in handcuffs? He's (Lucas) been here this whole time not in handcuffs. Tell me if someone has been disrespectful'.
"Police officers can record surreptitiously without consent. The other officers also had their recording on. It helps the police department. (Without it) the three of us (police officers) would be relieved of duty right now."
Los Angeles police officers detained actress Daniele Watts after receiving an emergency call reporting a couple indecently exposing themselves. The Django Unchained star and her celebrity chef partner Brian James Lucas were kissing in their car in Studio City on Thursday (11Sep14) when they were approached by cops after a resident spotted them and called police to the scene.
Lucas recalled the story on his Facebook.com page, writing that police believed Watts was a prostitute and asked the couple for identification. When an angered Watts refused and began walking away, she was apprehended, handcuffed and taken back to the scene in a police car.
Watts also took to her Facebook page after the incident, writing, "I refused to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place," and claimed the handcuffs were so tight they caused her wrists to bleed.
Watts gave her identification information to officers and they let her go, and Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officials are now trying to deal with the fallout.
A statement to The Hollywood Reporter reads, "The citizen who called the police to complain told the 9-1-1 operator that a male and a female were involved in indecent exposure inside a silver Mercedes with the vehicle door open.
"The responding sergeant and police officers located two individuals that matched the description of the suspects, and they were briefly detained. Upon further investigation it was determined that no crime had been committed. Ms. Watts and her companion were subsequently released.
"An internal complaint investigation has been initiated regarding this matter."
Lucas tells TMZ.com that he and Watts have hired a lawyer and plan to file a formal complaint against the officers.
Actress Daniele Watts has accused officers at the Los Angeles Police Department of brutality and racism after an incident on Thursday (11Sep14).
The Django Unchained star and her celebrity chef husband Brian James Lucas were kissing in a car in the San Fernando Valley, when they were approached by cops after a resident called police to the scene, according to TMZ.com. Lucas claims they believed Watts was a prostitute and asked the couple for identification. Angry Watts refused and began walking away, but she was apprehended, handcuffed and taken back to the scene in a police car.
In a message on Facebook.com, she writes, "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. When the officer arrived, I was standing on the sidewalk by a tree. "I was talking to my father on my cell phone. I knew that I had done nothing wrong, that I wasn't harming anyone, so I walked away. A few minutes later, I was still talking to my dad when 2 different police officers accosted me and forced me into handcuffs..."
Watts claims the handcuffs were tight and caused her wrists to bleed. After she produced her identification she was let go, but her husband claims they have hired a lawyer and plan to file a formal complaint against the officers.
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Sir Paul McCartney has enlisted his famous friends including Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Kiss and The Cure to record a tribute album featuring covers of his songs.
Artists including Willie Nelson, Barry Gibb, Roger Daltrey, Brian Wilson, Def Leppard and Alice Cooper have also recorded tracks for The Art of Paul McCartney, which features songs from The Beatles, Wings and his solo career.
Notable inclusions are Chrissie Hynde's version of Let It Be, Billy Joel singing Live and Let Die, Bob Dylan's Things We Said Today, and The Cure's cover of Hello Goodbye, which they recorded with the music veteran's son James.
The album is set to hit shelves in November (14).
British actor Craig Fairbrass has filed suit against his Hollywood movie managers over allegations they cost him money for his 2014 action film The Outsider. The Cliffhanger star accepted a $25,000 (£14,726) advance to play a military contractor in the movie, but agreed to defer his $40,000 (£23,529) fee from ZG Entertainment managers Mark and Christine Holder until after the film's March (14) release.
His filmmaking partner, The Outsider writer/director Brian Miller, also opted to defer his $15,000 (£8,824) purchase price for the script and instead allowed ZG Entertainment bosses to option his screenplay for just $1 (£0.59).
Miller also postponed collecting his $50,000 (£29,412) payment for directing the movie, which also starred James Caan, and was promised a cut of the film's proceeds, according to Los Angeles court papers, obtained by editors at Entlawdigest.com.
The director and his star claim they have yet to receive the full funds from the Holders and they're demanding an accounting of ZG Entertainment's funds and all profits from The Outsider. Fairbrass and Miller are also seeking damages for breach of contract, fraud and copyright infringement.
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Sir Mick Jagger struggled to shoot James Brown biopic Get On Up while the Godfather of Soul was still alive, as the star was too difficult to work with.
Jagger had long wanted to bring Brown's life to the big screen but his dream only became a reality after the star's death in 2006. Now the Brown Sugar hitmaker has revealed the delays came about because the legendary singer was too difficult to work with, and there were further holdups when Jagger had to deal with the executors of Brown's estate.
Jagger tells British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, "It was very difficult when he was alive because he kept changing his mind and he wanted this and he wanted that and didn't want too much negativity, which I totally understand. And after he died his estate became very difficult to deal with because there were so many of them. I don't think I'm talking out of turn to say there were disputes."
The Rolling Stones frontman is producing the movie in partnership with Academy Award winner Brian Grazer, and Brown will be played in the film by 42 star Chadwick Boseman.
Veteran rocker Sting took to the stage to sing with the cast on the opening night of his new musical The Last Ship in Chicago, Illinois. The Police star's show opened at the city's Bank of America Theatre on Wednesday (25Jun14) ahead of its planned Broadway debut in October (14), and the rocker was in the audience with his wife Trudie Styler.
At the end of the performance, Sting took to the stage for the curtain call and led the cast in a song, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
Other stars who turned out for the musical's opening included Paul Simon, James Taylor, Styx singer Dennis DeYoung and AC/DC's Brian Johnson.
The show received mixed reviews from critics, who questioned whether the production, set in a doomed shipyard in Sting's hometown in the north of England, could draw in audiences on Broadway.
Steven Oxman of variety writes, "Do you want to live for two-and-a-half hours in a beautifully sad song?... The show currently works as a collection of songs in search of a complete story, or perhaps as a concept album - filled with mood and emotion and character and sensibility, but swaying as it takes on specifics. What seems to be missing is a driving conflict."
The Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones adds, "(Many) scenes... still have the air of a semi-staged concept album... The Last Ship already is a worthy and earnest musical, but we know how Broadway loves to take those down. Just look at last season."
Lewis Lazare of the Chicago Business Journal concludes, "Most of the theatre crowds in the early going at least will probably have come to hear Sting's music for the show. Fans of his work may find that much of it sounds familiar and pleasant to hear performed in a theatrical setting. But hardcore theatre buffs will soon realise Sting's style of music - for the most part - simply doesn't sit comfortably in a big Broadway musical context."
Actress Elisabeth Moss is joining the film adaptation of author J. G. Ballard's classic thriller High-Rise.
The Mad Men star and The Hobbit actor Luke Evans have been cast in the big screen version of the English novelist's 1975 book about residents of a luxurious apartment building who end up at war with one another. Moss and Evans will play a "trouble-making" couple in the film.
The actors join previously cast British stars Tom Hiddleston and Sienna Miller as the leads, as well as Jeremy Irons and James Purefoy.
Actress Sandra Bullock is laughing off recent rumours she is romantically linked with Captain America star Chris Evans. Speculation has swirled recently that the Oscar winner has been secretly dating the 32-year-old Hollywood hunk after they were spotted having dinner with friends in Los Angeles last month (May14).
However, Bullock is keen to shrug off the rumours, telling Entertainment Tonight, "I'll tell you what happened. We've since married. And it just started breaking apart and now we're filing for divorce. And I hope everyone can respect our privacy. "But we're gonna remain friends and share the responsibility of the farm animals we've taken on, because you can just abandon the animals."
Bullock divorced ex-husband Jesse James after five years of marriage in 2010, and Evans split from actress Minka Kelly last year (13).