[Gossip] Forest Whitaker Furious with NY Deli for Accusing Him of Shoplifting
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 02.16.2013
He was frisked without evidence...
TMZ reports that Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker is furious with a New York City deli for accusing him of shoplifting last Friday morning. He also says he was frisked in public and was humiliated.
Whitaker says he was on his way out of the Milano Market on the Upper East Side on Friday when he was stopped by a deli employee who accused him of swiping an item from the shelf. An eyewitness claims the employee proceeded to frisk Whitaker in plain view and treated him like a common criminal. The pat down by the employee yielded nothing, and Whitaker left the deli baffled and angry.
Whitaker's rep says: "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."
The rep also stated: "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."
No one at the Milano Market wanted to comment on the story.