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Black Panther Director Ryan Coogler Mistaken for Bank Robber in Atlanta

Black Panther Director Ryan Coogler Speaks Out After Being Mistaken for Bank Robber in Atlanta .

According to PEOPLE, 35-year-old director — known for movies like Black Panther, Creed and Fruitvale Station — was handcuffed by Atlanta police officers on Jan. 7 and taken out of a Bank of America location.

According to Variety, Coogler was detained and handcuffed after he went to Bank of America to make a transaction on Jan. 7, according to the Atlanta police report. The 35-year-old director — who was wearing a hat, sunglasses and a COVID face mask — went to the counter and handed the bank teller a withdrawal slip with a note written on the back that reportedly read, “I would like to withdraw $12,000 cash from my checking account. Please do the money count somewhere else. I’d like to be discreet.”

“This situation should never have happened. However, Bank of America worked with me and addressed it to my satisfaction and we have moved on, Coogler said in a statement to Variety.

Bank of America apologized in a statement to CNN, “We deeply regret that this incident occurred. It never should have happened and we have apologized to Mr. Coogler,”

Coogler was in Georgia working on production of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” the sequel to his 2018 blockbuster, at the time of the incident.

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