“Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler was handcuffed in Atlanta earlier this year after a Bank of America teller mistook him for a robber.
According to TMZ, the filmmaker was attempting to make a discreet withdrawal from his account on Jan. 7 wearing a green hoodie, black hat, dark sunglasses and a white face mask.
Per the police report, he handed the teller — described as a “pregnant black female” — a slip with a handwritten note on the back, which led her to believe Coogler was trying to stage a robbery.
“I would like to withdraw $12,000 cash from my checking account,” Coogler said in the note. “Please do the money count somewhere else. I’d like to be discreet.”
The reporting officer stated in the police report that the incident was “a mistake by Bank Of America and that Mr. Coogler was never in the wrong,” noting that the filmmaker was “immediately taken out of handcuff.”
Coogler released a statement to Page Six saying: “This situation should never have happened. However, Bank of America worked with me and addressed it to my satisfaction and we have moved on.”
Coogler has been in Atlanta filming the sequel to “Black Panther.”
The highly anticipated Marvel film, titled “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” is slated for release in November.
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