“Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts continues to play with fire, and a judge has put her on notice that he isn’t happy about it.
As part of a plea deal for acting like a spoiled 16-year-old and playing the race card when detained by Los Angeles police, the foul-mouthed actress and her boyfriend Brian James Lucas were ordered by the judge to write a letter of apology to the officer involved.
Police were responding to a September 9-1-1 call from the complex about two people having sex in a car, although Watts, who was belligerent from the beginning, insisted she and Lucas were just kissing.
Their apology letter turned out to be an audacious, passive-aggressive effort to downplay her childish behavior and to suggest she was provoked by the responding officer, Jim Parker, who has since retired, according to the New York Daily News.
The actress and her boyfriend sarcastically begged forgiveness for disturbing the cop’s “carefree” coffee break, and thanked him for providing the opportunity to discuss racial profiling and the acceptance of interracial relationships — neither of which had anything to do with the incident.
“With all the recent news coverage on the issue of biased policing, we probably all have a clearer understanding of the subtle — and often bizarre — ways that racial conflict continues to haunt many people in America,” the letter said.
But the court wasn’t buying the rhetoric: the couple were given until Aug. 26 to submit a revised letter, the Daily News reported.
“I’m glad they have to do a rewrite. No more excuses,” Parker told the newspaper. “She needs to say she was immature and she messed up and that she apologizes for creating the whole conflict.”
Watts and Lucas also were required to send a letter to employees of the office building where their car was parked, and it was just as duplicitous as the letter to the officers.
“We are truly sorry that our expression of love caused such a disturbance to your lives that you felt it threatening enough to warrant police involvement,” the couple wrote.
Parker got a kick out of that.
“I think it’s quite comical,” he said. “The people in that office building, she made them sound terrible.”
Here’s the original letter to Parker:
I want to acknowledge that when we met last September, I allowed fear, shame, and anxiety to prevent me from relating to you in a peaceful way. Hopefully you can forgive the fact that my heightened emotions disturbed what might have otherwise been a carefree stop on your way to a nice cup of coffee.
With all the recent news coverage on the issue of biased policing, we probably all have a clearer understanding of the subtle — and often bizarre — ways that racial conflict continues to haunt many people in America. Sgt. Parker, when you said sarcastically, “Thank you for bringing up the race card, I never hear that,” I felt provoked because I had previously encountered many disheartening experiences related to “being black” both in my personal life, and as reflected in society overall. Your willingness to dismiss my experience with sarcasm was hurtful, and caused me to respond defensively.
Looking on the brighter side, we do believe that the public discourse that surrounded our encounter was beneficial, as it provided an opportunity for the public to discuss, and more deeply understand the “taboo” subject of interracial relationships. As you may know, interracial marriage was only made legal in the United States in 1967, and for many, it is still a very sensitive issue. I am grateful for our meeting because it allowed me to examine the shame and self-hatred I had been bottling inside, and release it.
We truly appreciate the role you’ve played in bringing awareness to so many issues.
With Love, Daniele Watts & Brian James Lucas.
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