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Forest Whitaker Frisked For Shoplifting In NYC Deli, Actor’s Rep Furious

Forest Whitaker Was Mistakenly Frisked On Suspicion Of Shoplifting In A New York City Delicatessen

Forest Whitaker was left humiliated and angry on Friday after he was frisked by a staff member at a New York City delicatessen on suspicion of shoplifting.

Whitaker, Academy Award winner and star of The Crying Game and The Last King of Scotland, was on his way out of Milano Market deli on Manhattan’s Upper East Side when he was stopped by an employee and accused of taking an item from the shelf.

TMZ reports that an eye-witness said the deli employee proceeded to frisk the 51-year-old actor in full view of the shoppers as if he were a common criminal.

Inevitably, the search produced no evidence of stolen goods and Whitaker left the shop, reportedly upset and bewildered.

Whitaker’s representative toldTmz:

“This was an upsetting incident given the fact that Forest did nothing more than walk into the deli. What is most unfortunate about this situation is the inappropriate way store employees are treating patrons of their establishment.

“Frisking individuals without proof/evidence is a violation of rights. Forest did not call the authorities at the request of the worker who was in fear of losing his employment. Forest asked that, in the future, the store change their behavior and treat the public in a fair and just manner.”

Milano Market Delicatessen on 1582 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10128,

CelebDirtyLaundry asks a fair question:

“What made this employee zero in on Forest in the first place? Is it simply because he didn’t fit the typical upscale visual mode of most of their customers? Forest is worth millions and cleans up really well, but in normal life he blends in pretty well. Was this a crappy example of profiling that led to a full frisking of the actor?”

As yet, management at the deli have yet to comment on the incident, Wenn notes.

Do you think Whitaker’s frisking is an example of racial profiling or just an unfortunate mistake by a over-zealous worker?

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9 Responses to “Forest Whitaker Frisked For Shoplifting In NYC Deli, Actor’s Rep Furious”

  1. Anonymous

    Gee I hope they did not find a Reuben sandwich in his pants lol or even touched his Reuben lmfao..

  2. Kyle Reese

    Add a comment…its no big deal… the security persons did their job correctly.. they deserve appreciation. and forest whitaker wasnt found to be a thief, so he has nothing to worry or whine about or cry like a 9 year old little girl..Because take it all in a grown up way. We are part of a society, and it has certain rules.. just because you acted on some movies, does not mean everybody else has to bend tehir rules for you… you are the same like anybody else. By being searched you were not insulted.. take it in a grown up manner that the guards were simply doing their job with out bending it for anybody.. and the guards deserve respect and a payrise! If somebody comes to the scene where your next movie is being shot, and he decides to be in the middle of the view blocking yourself from the camera and claims that he is special and have a right to be infront of you to face the camera, will you feel comfortable? its the same here too.. let the guards do their jobs. Oh, as a side note, I feel scared at the way in some movies you look at some actresses..

  3. Kyle Reese

    he is doing emtional blackmailing of white-people using sentimental-racism card… that's why he sat silent when they searched him.. If he was worried about the search he should have demanded them to call cops.. he sat silent then, and is now whining like a 9year old little girl.. this clearly shows he is playing the racism-card to terrorize white people and gain more favours/movie offers from white people. Very pathetic dude.. grow up!

    ("oh I am a poor black man.. I have no rights here…everybody abuse me… everybody frisk me all the time.. everybody accuse me as a thief… Ok, I will whine like this for sometime.. sothat white peopel will read it and will get scared and will give me more roles in movies to prove that white people are very sympathetic to black people… I will whine till some white people contact me with new movie offers… my pathetic acting has left me with not much roles.. so if I whine a lot and play this racism-card well.. I might be able to extort some movies from those dumb white people as usual… HAHAHA"…..

    very clever mr whitaker… very mature..

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