“Django Unchained” Actress Daniele Watts To Apologize To LAPD Officers
Nearly eight months after her dramatic run-in with Los Angeles Police, Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts has agreed to apologize to Sergeant Jim Parker and two other police officers for implying that she was racially profiled by them.
According to NBC News, Watts’ boyfriend Chef Brian Lucas will also be required to pen a letter of apology to the officers. The letters are a part of a plea deal accepted by both Watts and Lucas on Monday.
Per the deal, Lucas and Watts pled no contest to disturbing the peace with loudness during the September 2014 incident. As previously reported, police were responding to a “citizen complaint of indecent exposure,” after someone called 911 and alleged that the duo engaged in sexual acts in their car, which was parked near a CBS studio lot.
In addition to the apologies, Watts and Lucas were sentenced to a year of “formal diversion,” which would typically require them to submit to counseling and 40 hours of community service. They will also be required to write letters of apology to the residents of the building located next to the lot where their car was parked.
According to the couple’s attorney Lou Shapiro, they’re pleased with the outcome of the case and are looking forward to having the charges removed from their record.
“It was a very emotionally charged case,” Shapiro told The Los Angeles Times. “I think it’s a nice ending to an emotionally charged case, to have a letter of apology. It’s a win for everybody.”
It’s still really surprising that the aftermath of this incident dragged on for so long.