police audio provided to TMZ, actress Danièle Watts, who was detained over the weekend by Los Angeles police officers on suspicion of being a prostitute, can be heard refusing to provide police with identification after officers were called by a witnesses in a nearby office stating the actress and her boyfriend were having sex in a car on the street.
Over the weekend, the star of Django Unchained posted on her Facebook page that she had been briefly taken into custody by police in Studio City on suspicion of prostitution for “showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place” with her boyfriend, Brian James Lucas.
According to witnesses, Watts was seen straddling her boyfriend’s lap in the passenger seat of a car with the door open.
In the audio, a policeman can be heard asking who is the owner of the car and requesting the registration. Watts, who is talking on the phone with her father, asks him to hold on then asks the officer, “What’s the issue?”
Officer: “Somebody called the police saying there was lewd acts in the car.”
Watts: “There are no lewd acts in the car. ”
Officer: “It doesn’t matter, I have to ID you.”
Watts: “We’re not doing anything.”
Officer: “Somebody called–”
Watts: “I’m on the phone with my dad. This is my boyfriend–.”
Officer: “Okay. I want to see your ID. Somebody called, which gives me the right to be here. So it gives me the right to identify you.”
Watts: “You know how many times I’ve been called — the cops have called, just for being black? Is it just because I’m black and he’s white? I’m just being really honest sir.”
Officer: “Who brought up a race card? ”
Watts: “I’m bringing it up. Because –”
Officer: “I said nothing about race, I said nothing about you being black.”
Watts: “I have every right to be here.”
Officer: “And I have every right to ask for your ID.”
Watts: “And I have every right to say no, and if you’d like to demand it you can take me down to the courthouse and I can make a scene.”
Watts: “I mean, I have a publicist, and I work as an actress at a studio –”
Officer: “I’m mildly interested –you have a publicist? — but I’m going to get your ID.”
Watts: “No, I’m am going to say no. And if you’d like my ID you can say that I’m resisting arrest and you can–”
Officer: There’s no resisting, you’re just interfering –.”
Watts: “And what I am saying is that I’ve not done anything wrong. I’m on the phone with my father. My step-mom is dying–.”
Officer: “You know what probable cause is? You know what probable cause is?”
Watts: “Yes. What is probable cause? I’m sitting here talking on the phone to my father and you demand my ID–”
The officer then asks Watts’ boyfriend for her ID and she says “No, you may not!” at which point the officer can be speaking into his radio saying, “Send me a female officer please,” before saying, “I’m going to get your ID one way or the other.”
As Watts gets back on her phone to speak with her father, the officer can be heard saying, “Thank you for bringing up the race card. I never hear that.”
Watts speaks with her father some more, then asks the officer to talk to him but the officer demurs. Watts then says she is walking away, and the officer can be heard telling the boyfriend, “Great. I’d already be gone, just so you know.”
In additional audio, after the police officer explains that they are responding to a call from the nearby office, Watts states, “I bet there’s at least one person up there who’s a racist. I bet you. I bet you’re a little bit racist.”
Watts adds, “I serve freedom and love. You guys serve detainment. That’s cool.”
Watts was eventually released after showing ID.