Forest Whitaker - Forest Whitaker Was 'Humiliated' During Shoplifting Incident

Forest Whitaker has broken his silence about his "humiliating" shoplifting accusation in a new Tv interview.

The Oscar winner was mistaken for a common crook at the Milano Market in Manhattan earlier this year (Feb13) after a store employee suspected the actor of stealing.

Embarrassed Whitaker, who was frisked in front of other shoppers, has since received an apology from the store's owners and the "misguided" employee has been fired, but Whitaker tells ABC News film correspondent Peter Travers he'll never forget the moment he was accused of stealing.

He says, "I was angered. It's a humiliating thing for someone to come and do that. It's attempted dis-empowerment."

The Butler star adds, "Most of the stop and frisk... Nine out of the ten (times someone is frisked), the person is not a criminal. They don't ticket them, or they don't arrest them (and) 99 per cent of them don't have a weapon. So I think there's something that has to be examined."


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