Ryan Coogler, director of ‘Black Panther’ and its sequel, ‘Wakanda Forever’, has been involved in a nasty incident. The filmmaker has ended up arrested by the police for being mistaken for a thief when he was about to withdraw money from a Bank of America branch located in Atlanta.
The mishap has been confirmed by Coogler to Variety, which includes the following statements: “This situation should never have happened. However, Bank of America has worked with me and has addressed the situation to my satisfaction, so we must move on” .
As explained by TMZ based on the police report, the mishap took place in January. In the images rescued by the media, Coogler, who wore a hat, dark sunglasses and a mask, went to the counter to give the cashier a cash withdrawal receipt with a note written on the back: “I would like to Withdraw $12,000 in cash from my checking account. Please count the money elsewhere. I’d like to be discreet,” the message read.
It appears that the employee misunderstood Coogler’s intentions as she decided to call the police about an attempted robbery and notify her boss. In addition, she also triggered some kind of alarm. Upon arrival, the agents arrested the director along with two people who were waiting for him. It has also been reported that the official was a pregnant black woman.
For his part, a bank spokesman wanted to publicly apologize to Coogler: “We deeply regret that this incident has occurred. It should never have happened and we have apologized to Mr. Coogler.”
A cursed shoot
Coogler is in the city filming ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’, which is scheduled to be released in Spain on November 11. The filming has suffered multiple misfortunes, among which is Letitia Wright’s accident or the several positives for COVID that forced production to stop. Accompanying the actress mentioned in the cast are Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Daniel Kaluuya, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett and Florence Kasumba.