Actress fights lewd conduct charges, claims cop was racist

01/30/2015 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Los Angeles – Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts claims that charges of lewd conduct filed against her last year were brought forth as a result of racism. As reported by WebProNews,Watts pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges which stemmed from an incident in which she was accused of having sex in a parked vehicle with her boyfriend, Brian James Lucas.

The actress, who is African American, has said that she and Lucas, who is white, were not having sex at the time. The LAPD says there were witnesses to the incident.

The couple is quoted as releasing the statement in October, “We are, quite frankly, appalled and disturbed that the L.A. prosecutor’s office has chosen to file these charges against us… If a passionate public embrace while displaying no nudity is grounds for having charges filed against you, then we’d expect that everyone who engages in an extended public display of affection with their loved one will be targeted as well.”

If convicted the pair faces a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail. A hearing has been set in the case for February 23.

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