Actress Charged with Lewd Conduct After Racial Discrimination Claims

by Luchina Fisher for ABC News

Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts and her boyfriend have been charged with lewd conduct stemming from an incident last month when the couple was found in a parked car having a romantic encounter.

The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office filed the misdemeanor charge today against Watts and her companion, celebrity chef Brian Lucas. The charge carries a maximum sentence of six months in the county jail and a $1,000 fine.

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Reps for Watts did not respond immediately to ABC News’ request for comment.

The 28-year-old actress was handcuffed and detained by Los Angeles police Sept. 11 after the LAPD responded to a 911 call for alleged “indecent exposure” involving a male and a female inside a silver Mercedes with the vehicle door open.

At the time of the incident, Watts and Lucas maintained they had done nothing illegal and questioned whether the incident was racial profiling.

According to the police report from the incident, “The responding sergeant and police officers located two individuals that matched the description of the suspects, and they were briefly detained. Upon further investigation it was determined that no crime had been committed. Ms. Watts and her companion were subsequently released.”

The City Attorney’s office did not state in its court papers today what led them to press the charges.

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