“Why am I in handcuffs?” Wyclef Jean Asked Police

That was what Grammy-winning singer and philanthropist Wyclef Jean asked Los Angeles police early Tuesday morning after he was stopped on his way home from a late night in the studio.

Video of the incident was soon posted to his Instagram and Twitter accounts.

“LAPD another case of mistaken identity,” his post read. “Black man with red bandana robbed a gas station as I was in the studio working but (I’m) in handcuffs?”

“They just took off my Haitian bandana,” he said in the first video, adding, “The LAPD have me in cuffs for absolutely nothing.”

In a second video, which appears to have been shot by his passenger, Wyclef can be heard telling the officers that he’s a recording artist on his way back from the studio, asking one of the people he was with to provide the address of the studio and saying that he’ll sue the LAPD.

Jean that he was cuffed after reaching for his waistband during his conversation with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies and they were left on for approximately six minutes while the matter was sorted out.

Hours after the incident, Wyclef resumed tweeting and provided more details.

“I was asked by the police to put my hands up,” he recounted “Then I was told do not move. I was instantly handcuffed before being asked to identify myself. Nor was I told why I was being cuffed.

In the process, I said my name and told them they have the wrong person.

They proceeded to ignore me and I was treated like a criminal until other police showed up and pointed out they had the wrong person.” USA Today


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