Renowned ‘Black Panther’ director Ryan Coogler, who has been on the ‘Time 100’ list of 2018’s most influential people, was detained by police in Atlanta in January after he was mistaken for a bank robber in a bank . America branch. The director confirmed the incident to Variety. “This situation should never have happened,” he said, “that Bank of America worked with me and addressed it to my satisfaction and we moved on.”
TMZ broke the news based on the police report. It said Coogler was detained after going to Bank of America to transact.
The 35-year-old director, who was wearing a hat, sunglasses and a COVID face mask, went to the counter and handed Taylor a return slip with a note that purportedly read, “I would like to withdraw $12,000 from my checking.” Cash from account. Please count the money elsewhere. I want to be careful.”
However, Taylor misunderstood the situation as an attempted robbery when the amount of the transaction raised the alarm on the banking system. Taylor then informed his boss and together they called the police.
Officers who arrived at the scene reportedly detained two men in an SUV, who were waiting for Coogler outside the bank, and handcuffed the director as well.
A Bank of America spokesperson told Variety: “We are deeply sorry that this incident happened. It should never have happened and we have apologized to Mr. Coogler.”
The director, considered one of Hollywood’s brightest young talents, is in Atlanta filming the sequel to superhero tentpole, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The film is set for release in November.