Black Panther director Ryan Coogler has been arrested after being mistaken for a bank robber while trying to withdraw money from his own account, according to US police video footage.
The 35-year-old was briefly detained by police after going to complete a transaction at a Bank of America branch in Atlanta on January 7.
Mr. Coogler handed the bank teller a slip asking to withdraw $12,000 in cash with a note written on the back saying he wanted the money counted discreetly, Variety reported.
The cashier misinterpreted the situation as theft because the amount of the transaction exceeded $10,000 and told his boss, triggering an automatic notification where the police were called, according to the report.
An officer in body camera footage said from the call that “it looked like someone was trying to rob the bank.”
The manager is seen handcuffed, asking the officers what is going on, then led out of the bank. Once outside, he then explains that he did nothing wrong.
Eventually, he is released.
Mr Coogler told Variety that the situation “should never have happened” but that the bank worked with him and he moved on.
Bank of America did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
super hero movie Black Panther became the second highest-grossing film at the global box office of 2018 and was praised for contributing to racial diversity in Hollywood for its predominantly black cast.
The film features stars including Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong’o.
It was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture, and won three Oscars – in the categories of Best Original Score, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.
Mr. Coogler also directed the boxing film Creed.
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