Actress Daniele Watts, of "Django Unchained," was sentenced to 15 days of community service along with her celebrity chef boyfriend after their apology letters to a Los Angeles police officer were rejected by a court earlier this month.
Watts had accused the officer of racism when she was taken into custody last Sept. 11 after refusing to cooperate after police confronted her and Brian Lucas in a parking lot, said WENN
and the Los Angeles Times
Police originally accused them of having sex there near a Studio City talent agency, but the charge was dropped in a plea deal.
WENN said claims that Watts made about the officer were not supported by video footage of the encounter. The couple was ordered to write apology letters as part of the agreement but the judge rejected both in a hearing.
"Hopefully you can forgive the fact that my heightened emotions disturbed what might have otherwise been a carefree stop on your way to a nice cup of coffee," Watts wrote in a portion of her apology letter, said The Guardian
"Your willingness to dismiss my experience with sarcasm was hurtful, and caused me to respond defensively," another portion of Watts letter stated.
Watts posted the copy of her apology letter on Twitter on Aug. 6, claiming it was the best "I could muster."
Lucas posted his letter on social media as well. A portion of the letter stated: "We are truly sorry that our expression of love caused such a disturbance to your lives that you felt it was threatening enough to warrant police involvement."
Los Angeles Police Sgt. Jim Parker, who was involved in the incident, told the Los Angeles Times that he retired after 26 years on the force after he was ordered to a disciplinary hearing for insubordination for speaking to the press about the incident.
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