Critically acclaimed Black Panther director Ryan Coogler was handcuffed and detained by police after he was mistaken for a financial institution robber whereas trying to withdraw money at a Financial institution of America department in Atlanta in January.
“This example ought to by no means have occurred. Nonetheless, Financial institution of America labored with me and addressed it to my satisfaction and we’ve moved on,” Coogler says in a press release to Rolling Stone after TMZ first reported the incident early Wednesday.
“We deeply remorse that this incident occurred. It by no means ought to have occurred, and we’ve apologized to Mr. Coogler,” a financial institution spokesman says in a separate assertion.
In keeping with the police report obtained by TMZ, Coogler was carrying a hat, sun shades, and a pandemic masks when he handed a teller a withdrawal slip with a handwritten observe on it.
“I want to withdraw $12,000 money from my checking account. Please do the cash rely someplace else. I’d prefer to be discreet,” the observe purportedly learn.
The teller allegedly entered one thing into a pc that triggered an alert, and police have been summoned on suspicion of an tried theft. Responding officers handcuffed Coogler and in addition detained two folks ready for the Fruitvale Station director in an SUV outdoors.
The police report obtained by TMZ describes the teller as a pregnant Black girl. The investigation decided the teller’s error, and Coogler was launched.
The Atlanta Police Division didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark Wednesday.
Coogler, 35, has been working in Georgia on the extremely anticipated Marvel sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Ceaselessly, due for launch in November.