Black Panther director Ryan Coogler was mistaken for a bank robber and arrested after trying to withdraw money from his bank account.
The incident happened on Jan. 7, 2022 at a Bank of America in Atlanta, where Coogler is filming the “Black Panther” sequel.
According to a police report obtained by TMZ, Coogler was briefly placed in handcuffs after a Bank of America teller mistook the director for a bank robber based on his appearance and his submission of a hand-written note to the cashier, reading: “I would like to withdraw $12,000 cash from my checking account. Please do the money count somewhere else. I’d like to be discreet.”
After an investigation was carried out, Officers determined that the incident was a mistake by Bank of America and Coogler, along with two other people that were with him, was released.
Bank of America issued a statement confirming the incident “We deeply regret that this incident occurred. It never should have happened and we have apologized to Mr. Coogler.”
Through a spokesperson, Coogler issued a brief statement: “This situation should never have happened. However, Bank of America worked with me and addressed it to my satisfaction and we have moved on.”