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Daniele Watts Ordered To Apologize To LAPD Officers She Accused Of Profiling

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Actress Daniele Watts handcuffed and being interrogated by an LAPD officer (photo via Brian Lucas' Instagram)
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Actress Daniele Watts and her boyfriend, Brian Lucas, have been ordered to provide written apologies to three LAPD officers as part of a plea deal. Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts and boyfriend Brian Lucas pleaded no contest today to misdemeanor disturbing the peace, according to City News Service. Their initial charge had been misdemeanor lewd conduct for allegedly having sex in a parked car in Studio City. The conditions of their plea deal include 40 hours each of community service, and they must write letters of apology to not only the people in the office that initially reported the alleged car sex, but also the three LAPD officers who arrived at the scene.

The incident dates back to September of 2014 when Watts and Lucas were accused of having sex in a parked car with the door open by employees of a nearby office building that overlooked the car. Witnesses claimed that Watts was straddling Lucas with her breasts exposed and that Lucas was "horizontally bongoing" her breasts back and forth. TMZ released photos of the alleged incident, but the photos only show Watts straddling Lucas—no bongoing—and it's hard to tell what's actually happening. When officers arrived to the scene, Watts accused LAPD Sgt. Jim Parker of racial profiling and thinking she was a prostitute, only to have audio from the officer's personal device reveal she refused to show him her ID.

The responding officers ended up releasing the couple after Lucas provide them with Watts' ID, but things escalated when Lucas posted a photo of Watts in handcuffs to his instagram, accusing the person who called the police on them as well as the officers of thinking they were a "ho & a trick." The backlash inspired Parker to release the audio to TMZ, for which he was charged with insubordination, and the LAPD opened up their own investigation into the incident.