Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts said on CNN Monday that she refused to give a Los Angeles police officer her identification when he asked for it because, “I believe in America and what it stands for.”
The LAPD confirmed that officers detained Watts and her boyfriend last week after a complaint that two people were “involved in indecent exposure” in a silver Mercedes. Watts was held until police determined no crime was committed.
Legal experts tell CNN the officer did have the right to request identification if he suspected illegal behavior. Watts told the station that she and her boyfriend were embracing in the car Thursday when police showed up.
“I knew that the clearest thing for me to do was to own my right as a free person and say, ‘I haven’t done anything wrong and I know I’m not required to give you my ID,’” she said.
Watts is seen crying in a video taken by a passerby.
“I don’t have to feel ashamed for being who I am and that’s really where the tears were coming from,” Watts said.
Police said an internal investigation has been launched.
NO MORE RUNNING
An emotional Beyoncé was in tears as she and husband Jay Z wrapped up their “On the Run” stadium tour Saturday night in Paris, where the duo said they got engaged years ago.
The mega performers, married six years, told the audience at Stade de France that Paris was also where their 2-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, was conceived. “I’m your biggest fan. I love you,” a teary Beyoncé, 33, said looking to Jay Z, 44. He replied: “Greatest entertainer in the world. I love her. She’s my wife.”
Pia Zadora is resting comfortably at a Las Vegas hospital with serious injuries after a fall from a golf cart near her home. Spokeswoman Eileen Koch says the singer-actress remained in intensive care at University Medical Center. Zadora suffered a head injury and a compound ankle fracture in a fall from a golf cart driven by her teenage son near their Vegas home.
NOT MY FAULT
Robin Thicke admits in sworn testimony, revealed for the first time in a Los Angeles federal court on Monday, that he had a serious Vicodin and alcohol problem. The Hollywood Reporter got its hands on the April deposition tied to the Marvin Gaye family lawsuit against Thicke and producer Pharrell Williams alleging that they used elements of Got to Give It Up without permission. While Thicke maintains that the song isn’t stolen, he does say he was in the throes of addiction when he recorded the single, and basically blames Pharrell for everything.
It didn’t take the Ray Rice elevator video to get Kerry Washington talking about domestic violence.
In fact, it was the day before news outlets were looping security-camera images of the NFL running back punching out his then-fiancée Janay Palmer, that the Scandal actress was filming a public service announcement about a rarely discussed component of domestic violence known as financial abuse.
“For many, many of those cases — 98 percent of those cases — the financial abuse is what keeps a woman trapped,” Washington said. “Not being able to control your finances, destroying a woman’s credit, jeopardizing her job.”