In a shocking turn of events, director Ryan Coogler was briefly handcuffed earlier this year after being mistaken as a bank robber. The filmmaker, who has directed projects such as Black Panther and Creed, was falsely accused of bank robbery when he went to Atlanta to make a withdrawal from Bank of America. The filmmaker was reportedly withdrawing $12,000 in cash from his personal account. He went on a slip with a suggestion to the bank teller and things have gotten worse since then. The incident happened in January.
This news was first reported by TMZ. The international publication gained access to a photo of the note Ryan had given to Taylor. In his message, Ryan requested, “I want to cash out $12,000 from my checking account. Please count the money elsewhere. I’d like to be careful.” The note made Taylor, who is described as a pregnant black woman, realized a robbery was underway and called the police.
Police officers detained Ryan and two people who had accompanied him to the bank. The filmmaker was also handcuffed. After investigation, the police officers and the bank realized their mistake and settled the matter.
Responding to the incident, Ryan told TMZ, “This situation should never have happened. However, Bank of America worked with me and addressed it to my satisfaction and we moved on. Bank of America also issued a statement to Entertainment Weekly regarding the incident. “We are deeply sorry that this incident occurred. This should never have happened and we have apologized to Mr Coogler,” the statement read.
Ryan was reportedly visiting Bank of America based in Atlanta, where he is currently working on the Black Panther sequel – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Details about the Marvel Cinematic Universe film are still kept secret.
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