The tale of the tape. Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts made waves over the weekend following her bizarre detainment in L.A. As previously reported, the Partners star was handcuffed and briefly accused of indecent exposure along with boyfriend Brian James Lucas. (The couple had been accused of having sex in the passenger seat of a Mercedes, with the door open. They were eventually released and cleared of any potential charges.) Both Watts and Lucas made statements about the incident, with Lucas noting that the handcuffs cut Watts' wrists, and charging that their accusers mistook the interracial couple for a "prostitute" and a "client."
"They weren't expecting D to be so intelligent and outspoken, and left truly feeling the fear vibration finding out that they had just f----ed with 2 celebrities (Celebrated People)," continued Lucas, who works as a raw food enthusiast and celebrity chef.
"Those cops could not stop me from expressing myself," Watts wrote via Facebook. "They could not stop the cathartic tears and rage from flowing out of me. They could not force me to feel bad about myself. Yes, they had control over my physical body, but not my emotions. My feelings. My spirit was, and still is FREE."
In newly released audio from the incident, the trouble escalates when Watts refuses to provide identification to the officer. "We're not doing anything. I'm on the phone with my dad, this is my boyfriend, this is a public place," Watts is heard saying. "You know how many times the cops have been called just for being black? I'm just being really honest."
"Who brought up the race card?" an officer replies. "I said nothing about you being black. I have every right to ask for your ID."
"I have every right to say no, and if you’d like to demand it, you can take me down to the court office and I can make a scene about it," an irate Watts replies. “And you know what? I have a publicist and I work as an actor at [CBS Studios]. If you’d like my ID you can say I am resisting arrest.”
"There's no resisting, you're just interfering," the officer says as the disagreement over her ID continues.
Later, an emotional Watts is heard shouting on the phone, "I can't make out with my boyfriend in front of my f---ing studio without the cops getting called!"
"I deeply enjoyed connecting with the cops who detained me. I allowed myself to be honest about my anger, frustration, and rage as tears flowed from my eyes," Watts concluded on Facebook. "The tears I cry for a country that calls itself 'the land of the free and the home of the brave' and yet detains people for claiming that very right."
Listen to the audio now. Warning: Explicit language.