Black Panther director targeted as bank robber — RT Games & Culture


Police arrested Black Panther director Ryan Coogler as he attempted to withdraw money from his account after bank officials misinterpreted his request for “discreet” Withdrawal.

The incident happened in January at an Atlanta Bank of America. Video released Wednesday by the Atlanta Police Department shows officers arresting Googler at the counter.

One of the officers in the video tells Coogler to put his hands behind his back. As the filmmaker briefly protests, he eventually complies with the request and is seen being escorted away. Police also reportedly arrested two men from Coogler’s entourage who were waiting for him in the car outside the bank, Variety reported.

Coogler was wearing a face mask, dark glasses and a black hat when he showed up at the bank on January 7, asking the teller to take $12,000 cash from his account. The director, best known for his film ‘Black Panther’, made the request in a handwritten note, specifically asking the bank official to count the money “discreetly.”

The cashier later insisted that it was her computer, not her, that raised red flags when she began entering the withdrawal slip data. After the computer flagged the transaction, she allegedly alerted her boss and the pair dialed 911. Both the cashier and Coogler are black.

The director of Creed confirmed the incident originally reported by TMZ, adding that the whole “The situation should never have happened.” Bank of America has since apologized to Coogler for the blunder. The filmmaker was quickly released following his arrest after police verified his identity and bank account.

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