“Black Panther” writer and director Ryan Coogler says an incident when he was wrongfully accused of bank robbery “should have never happened.”
Coogler, 35, left an Atlanta Bank of America in handcuffs after a bank teller misconstrued an alert about the director’s withdrawal request.
TMZ first reported the incident Wednesday.
Coogler handed the teller a written request to discreetly take out more than $10,000 from his account, according to a police report obtained by USA TODAY. The withdrawal caused an alert notification from his account.
The teller, who was described as a Black woman in the police report, then alerted her manager Coogler was attempting to rob the branch and police responded to the scene.
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Police arrived and detained two people who were waiting for Coogler in the car in the bank’s parking lot and put them in the back of a police car. Coogler was escorted out of the branch in handcuffs.
After Coogler confirmed his identity with his ID and Bank of America Account card, the police realized their error.
“Mr. Coogler was never in the wrong and (he) was immediately taken out of handcuffs and that suspects # 1 and # 2 (were) taken out from the rear of the patrol vehicle,” the police report reads.
The director asked for the names and badge numbers of all the officers on the scene, according to the report.
“This situation should never have happened. However, Bank of America worked with me and addressed it to my satisfaction and we have moved on,” Coogler said in a Wednesday statement to USA TODAY.
“We deeply regret that this incident occurred. It never should have happened and we have apologized to Mr. Coogler,” reps from Bank of America said in a Wednesday statement to USA TODAY.
USA TODAY has reached out to the Atlanta Police Department for comment.
The filmmaker was filming the Marvel sequel “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” which is expected to be released in July, at the time of the incident, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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When premiering “Black Panther” at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018, Coogler spoke out about some of the challenges Black men in America face when it comes to police discrimination.
“When I turned 30, I almost had a crisis because I never imagined seeing myself that age,” Coogler said at the Q&A in France. In America “25 is the like magic number that you’re either dead or in jail. I saw a lot of good people who didn’t make it past that age, whether they went to prison or whether they were murdered.”
Coogler previously directed 2015’s boxing drama “Creed” and 2013’s “Fruitvale Station.” He also served as a co-executive producer for “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” starring LeBron James.
Contributing: Andrea Mandell