Last weekend, “Django Unchained” actress Danielle Watts claimed that she was harassed by police because of her race. Watts says she was making out with her white boyfriend outside of a film studio when police approached and accused her of being a prostitute.
Hurt by their accusations, the actress refused to hand over her ID when the police asked her to do so. She was then handcuffed before her boyfriend finally handed over her ID, which put an end to the fifteen minute ordeal.
Since then, Watts has been running around the media parading her story and screaming racism to anyone who would listen. When she secured an interview with black CNN reporter Michaela Pereira, Watts no doubt thought she had found a sympathetic ear. Unfortunately for her, she turned out to be very wrong.
As you can see in the interview above, Pereira isn’t having any of Watts’ story. The reporter expresses her confusion as to why Watts didn’t just hand over her ID, pointing out that the cop even said if she just identified herself he would leave right away.
Watts tries to explain her reasoning behind refusing, but she only makes herself sound more ridiculous:
“It’s because I believe in America and what it stands for, and I believe in freedom. And I think that a country that calls itself ‘The land of the free, and the home of the brave,’ if I’m within my amendment rights, my constitutional rights to say, ‘No, unless you’re charging me with a crime I will not be giving you my ID’ that is a right that I stand up for because of the shoulders that I stand on… because of the people who fought so hard for their rights that came before me. Black, white, all people have been fighting for these rights for freedom. It’s beyond race at this point.”
Or you could just hand over your ID like any normal person would so that the police can go on with their day…
Pereira sees right through Watts’ flimsy story. She reads out the actual law that states that police are allowed to ask for someone’s ID. The reporter then ends the interview by telling her viewers, and Watts, that it’s best to just cooperate with the police and hand over your ID when they ask for it.
Since this interview, witnesses have revealed that Watts and her boyfriend were actually having sex in their car when police accosted them, making it not so unreasonable that they would assume that the actress was a prostitute.
Skip to 10:50 on the interview above to hear the full audio recording of Watts’ arrest. Do you think she has a case, or is she just looking for attention? Let us know in the comments below!