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"Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler handcuffed after being mistaken for bank robber


Date Posted: 11 March 2022

Filmmaker Ryan Coogler with the late Chadwick Boseman
Filmmaker Ryan Coogler with the late Chadwick Boseman

11 Mar – It was recently reported that filmmaker Ryan Coogler, most known for his work on "Black Panther", was recently detained, albeit briefly, over a misunderstanding at a bank.

In a police report obtained by Deadline, the whole incident occurred back in January this year, when a bank employee at Atlanta's Bank of America, described as a "pregnant black female", mistook Coogler's written request for a US$12,000 cash withdrawal as a robbery attempt.


The said note, which has the words "I'd like to be discreet" and a direction for the cash to be counted out of sight, along with the fact that Coogler was wearing a COVID mask and sunglasses, had triggered a computer alert, which conveyed that a customer was attempting to rob the bank.

Ryan Coogler is most known for "Black Panther"
Ryan Coogler is most known for "Black Panther"

The director with the late Chadwick Boseman
The director with the late Chadwick Boseman

After handcuffing Coogler and detaining him for a brief moment, officers immediately realised that the incident was a mistake made by the bank's staff, fuelled by statements made by two friends of Coogler who were waiting outside the bank in an SUV who told them that Coogler was a movie producer.

"This situation should never have happened," shared the filmmaker in a statement. "However, Bank of America worked with me and addressed it to my satisfaction and we have moved on."

TMZ had since released a footage from the police body-cam from when the incident occurred.



Writer: Heidi Hsia



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