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Daniele Watts, Actor Who Accused LAPD Of Racial Profiling, Must Apologize To Officer

Django Unchained actor Daniele Watts was handcuffed during an encounter with police in September after witnesses said she and her boyfriend were having sex in a car. The couple pleaded no contest to disturbing the peace.

Last updated on May 4, 2015, at 6:07 p.m. ET

Posted on October 21, 2014, at 5:14 p.m. ET

Django Unchained actor Daniele Watts and her boyfriend Brian Lucas have pleaded no contest to a charge of disturbing the peace, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Charges of lewd conduct were dropped, and the couple must perform community service as well as writing apology letters to the Los Angeles Police Department, the L.A. city attorney's office told the Times.

Daniele Watts, who in September accused Los Angeles police of harassing her for kissing her white boyfriend, was charged Tuesday with lewd conduct.

Watts and her boyfriend, Brian Lucas, were each charged with a misdemeanor count of lewd conduct in a public place, according to the L.A. city attorney's office. If found guilty, the maximum sentence is 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The couple released a statement that they were "appalled and disturbed" by the charges and noted that the officer who initially responded remains under investigation.

"The LAPD has previously issued a statement saying that there was no crime committed," the statement said. "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."

Watts and Lucas were stopped by officers outside the CBS production facility in Studio City on Sept. 11 after a caller reported the couple were having sex in a car. Watts said they were fully clothed and only making out.

An officer investigating the report of lewd conduct asked the couple to show ID. Lucas complied, and Watts refused and walked away. Other officers detained her down the street, and she was put into handcuffs.

In audio from the stop, Watts can be heard suggesting she is being stopped because of her race. She also threatens to call her publicist.

The incident sparked conversation about when a person stopped by police must show ID. California law does not allow a person to be arrested simply for not showing ID during a police stop, unless they are driving. Watts wrote an opinion piece for the L.A. Times, calling the officers' actions a violation of her civil rights and an abuse of power.

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