Wyclef Jean Says He Was Falsely Arrested By Los Angeles County Deputies, Captures Detainment On Camera
Following the end of a studio session in West Hollywood, Calif., early Tuesday morning (March 21), famed artist Wyclef Jean states he was falsely arrested by Los Angeles County deputies, NBC Los Angeles reports. The officials claimed that the former Fugees member fit the description of a suspected armed robber who swindled items from a nearby gas station.
The “Two Wrongs” singer recorded the entire detainment on video, which he posted to his social media accounts. “They just took off my Haitian bandana,” he’s heard saying. “That’s what’s going on with Wyclef in L.A. right now.” According to police reports, they were searching for a black man with a red head covering who was a suspect in a gas station robbery. “LAPD another case of mistaken identity,” Jean continued. The yet-to-be-identified suspect escaped the crime scene in a tan or gold Toyota sedan, NBC reveals.
In a series of tweets, Jean recalled the ordeal and said handcuffs were placed on him before he was asked to identify himself. The 47-year-old musician added, “Nor was I told why I was being cuffed. In the process I said my name and told them they have wrong person.” Jean also states the law enforcement officials “proceeded to ignore” him and treated him “like a criminal until other police showed up and pointed out they had the wrong person.”
LAPD another case of mistaken identity. Black man with red bandana robbed a gas station as I was in the studio working but im in handcuffs? pic.twitter.com/vjRfJUkooA
— Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) March 21, 2017
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According to the news site, Jean has yet to file a complaint on the matter.