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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
EXCLUSIVE

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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KittyKittyKitty    

Yikes!

522 days ago
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Berserk    

What would Jared do?

522 days ago
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Jordan    

It is not out of the question a celebrity was shoplifting. Wynona Rider, Lindsay Lohan,

522 days ago
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CJ    

This happens to normal people all the time. Celebrities get bent out of shape because of their egos...

522 days ago
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Stiletto    

Major props to him for not screaming "racist"...1 day the rest will learn an a$$hole is just an a$$hole...not racist out to get you.


I wonder if he put something in his pocket though...like his cellphone or keys, and the employee made a bad assumption. It may be an upscale establishment with very little theft...but I'm sure the rent/lease on that location is high enough that they have to have a zero tolerance policy on any theft.

522 days ago
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Toallthehatersoftheworld    

Wow this world we live in.he should of called the police

522 days ago
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Berserk    

Further proof that Forest's wandering eye makes everyone around him paranoid as f***.

522 days ago
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mrharrybawls2012    

In other news Carrot Top was seen stealing a potted plant tonight from the lobby of a Holiday Inn in Bakersfield, California.....He was overheard begging the police to arrest him ("for the publicity") but one officer said, "I wouldn't piss on you Carrot if I saw you on fire....." The End.

522 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

well he is the one who allowed the employee to frisk him.he wasnt under arrest and the person wasnt even a cop.he could have easily said back the **** off and just call the cops

522 days ago
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mary    

i was leaving a clothing store, the buzzer went off and a man (asst mgr) ran over to me grabbed bag out of my hand (in front of everyone). i was really upset, he didnt even ask for the bag or say he was sorry. the clerk had left a security tag on a shirt. iam not black, he just thougth i was a thief. as i said , i was very upset about the ordeal.

522 days ago
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Mrugowsky    

He doesn't exactly look the millionaire part. But the frisker was off base.

522 days ago
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exlax    

shake or bake, tsa employes have to start somewhere.. just ask for the pork sauce

522 days ago
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exlax    

at least they both got their 12 inches worth

522 days ago
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EasilyHard    

Winona was only a nominee She only resembles those who benefitted from slavery and continue to

522 days ago
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Truth    

OH PULEEEEZ.... JUST CUZ YOU HAVE PAPER DOESNT MEAN ONE CANT STEAL. TONS OF RICH PEEPS HAVE BEEN CAUGHT JACKING SH*T WHETHER AT A RETAILER, FRAUD, OR THE ALMIGHTY "MISAPPROPRIATION OF FUNDS". THE CLERK THOT HE SAW SH*T WHICH DIDNT HAPPEN. OBVIOUSLY THIS CHEAP ASS RETAILER DOESNT HAVE SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS. WHITTAKER WAS A LUCKY ASS THIS TIME. NEXT TIME HE'S THE BLACK WINONA RYDER. POINT BLANK. #TRUTH!!

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