Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker left an Upper West Side deli fuming Friday morning after a clerk stopped and frisked him in front of other customers, according to reports.
The employee stopped Whitaker on his way out of Milano Market, accused him of shoplifting, and would not let him leave without patting him down first, TMZ reported . The search yielded nothing, and the shocked millionaire actor reportedly left the store ‘baffled and angry’.
The actor’s rep told TMZ, “This was an upsetting incident given the fact that Forest did nothing more than walk into the deli. What is most unfortunate about this situation is the inappropriate way store employees are treating patrons of their establishment . . . frisking individuals without proof/evidence is a violation of rights.”
The ‘Last King of Scotland’ star’s rep added that, “Forest did not call the authorities at the request of the worker who was in fear of losing his employment. Forest asked that, in the future, the store change their behavior and treat the public in a fair and just manner.”