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Forest Whitaker

Blasts NYC Deli

I Was Falsely Accused of Stealing

2/16/2013 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0215-forest-whitaker-milano-gettyForest Whitaker is furious with a NYC deli ... telling TMZ he was wrongly accused of shoplifting Friday morning ... and even FRISKED IN PUBLIC in a humiliating violation of his rights.

Whitaker -- an Academy Award-winning MILLIONAIRE -- says he was on his way out of the Milano Market on the Upper West Side Friday when he was stopped by a deli employee and accused of swiping an item from the shelf.

An eyewitness tells TMZ ... the employee proceeded to frisk Whitaker in plain view ... treating him as if he were a common criminal.

Shocker, the employee's pat down yielded zilch ... and Forest left the establishment baffled and angry.

Whitaker's rep tells 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 rep adds, "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.”

We called Milano Market for comment -- but no one wanted to talk. 


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Gee! It's a Columbia University
2892 Broadway, New York 10025
(Btwn 112th & 113th St)
Phone: (212) 665-9500

615 days ago


Well I definitely know where NOT to go eat in NYC.

615 days ago

all about the money    

"the employee proceeded to frisk Whitaker in plain view ... treating him as if he were a common criminal. "
Well if there was cause then yea don't care who you are if you break the law you should be treated the same way as anyone else. Hollywood justice and all.

615 days ago


Please go on Yelp and find the time to BLAST this disgusting establishment!

615 days ago


If a store accuses you of shoplifting here's what you do: You DO NOT let them disrespect you by letting them search you, you call the police. You tell them that when the police get there you're going to submit to a search by the police...and when they find're going to sue them for false detainment. Since you stole nothing...there's no way they could have seen you steal anything. It's an assumption, nothing more.

615 days ago

Throwback kid    

He actually eats at that deli? I thought he only flew in for games. I heard he was taking his little brother to see Earth Wind and Fire, probably just wanted some deli stuff to go. I hope the people at the deli don't smash up his Z 28, that will really get him pissed

615 days ago

Phishie from Philly    

At least you weren't falsely accused of brushing your teeth.
Phishie from Philly

615 days ago


Paranoid Market

615 days ago


The clerk saw a Black man and thought he was stealing...LMAO...Didn't know this man can by the block!

615 days ago

Throwback kid    

Has anyone called Jesse Jackson yet? This is what Jesse does best, oh yea Jesse's son and daughter in law are both going to prison for stealing money, the Rev has his own problems to deal with this week

615 days ago

Throwback kid    

Did anyone call Al Sharpton yet? He will probably go there, sit down and have a triple decker sandwich with a large fries and a large coke. After stuffing his fat face he will scream this was an outrage and call all the white people racists. Al will then leave and never think about this again, it's off to the next situation where he can play the race card and smack down all those bad, evil white people!

615 days ago


How embarrassing for you, non-New Yorker. If you read the article closely, you would have noticed that the deli is on the UPPER EAST SIDE, not on the Upper West Side, where Columbia University is located. I know this because I live in Morningside Heights (that is on the Upper West Side, in case you ever make it to NYC one day), and have frequented the Marino Deli there and have found their employees to be great, and would not want them to undergo bad publicity just because they share the same name as the crappy deli Mr. Whitaker was falsely detained in yesterday. The deli mentioned in the article is on the Upper East Side (89th Street and 3rd Avenue, to be exact). Get it right before you put the wrong establishment on blast.

615 days ago


At least he hasn't played the race card like so many others would have.

615 days ago


That was Wrong. Can you imagine be frisked down in public and treated like a criminal and then being told not to say anything. What a bunch of is probably a deli that pays their employees below minimum wage and in cash...'cause they are undo***ented workers...and they don't want to pay their fair share in taxes. Terrible.

615 days ago


I doubt he let anybody frisk him, this guy make more money then the owner him self. But that the reality of the upper east side

615 days ago
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