The same civil rights advocates who came to actress Danièle Watts’ aid when she alleged she was racially profiled by the Los Angeles Police Department now want her to apologize after photos of her straddling her boyfriend in the passenger seat of a car surfaced last week.
Employees at nearby businesses in Studio City told NBC Los Angeles that the incident was more graphic than simply kissing.
"I was one that was very outspoken about it," said civil rights scholar Earl Ofari Hutchinson. "We take racial profiling very seriously. It's not a play thing. It's not trivial."
He said audio of the event cast doubt on Watts’ account.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says officers who detained Watts after responding to a report that a couple was engaged in lewd behavior did the right thing.
“Civil rights leaders in Los Angeles are demanding that she apologize to the officers and community because when she made the allegations of racial profiling, which we take extremely seriously, we were in the forefront of speaking up for her,” Najee Ali, the president of Project Islamic Hope, told the New York Daily News Saturday.
"I'm black, but the latest audio that was released proved to MANY people that this Danielle Watts actress is a calculating, attention seeking DIVA who refused to cooperate," wrote Jordan Dermont on Watts’ Facebook page. "The cop was doing his job, was professional AND WAS VERY POLITE!"
"I guess you would be the girl who cried wolf? I am ashamed of this whole thing. Can we as black people stop pulling the race card EVERY single time we get in trouble,” wrote Brittany Nicole.
Hutchinson says it should teach the public not to jump to judgment.
"We began to see pictures that actually show that perhaps there was probable cause for the stop. There was provable cause for the detention," he said. "You must have your facts. You can't rush to judgment. If you do that, you have no credibility."
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