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Forest Whitaker

Deli APOLOGIZES

We're Not Racist

2/18/2013 10:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The NYC deli that accused Forest Whitaker of shoplifting last week is blaming the incident on a "misguided" employee ... and insists race was absolutely NOT a factor.

TMZ spoke with a rep for the Milano Market ... where the Academy Award winner was publicly FRISKED after he was wrongly suspected of stealing an item.

The rep tells us, "The management of Milano Market deeply regrets the wrongful actions of our employee in stopping and frisking Forest Whitaker."

"While we can not delve into the employee's mindset, we do not believe that he was racially motivated in his actions, simply misguided."

The Market says it is taking steps to retrain employees so it doesn't happen again.

And there's more ... the rep says the store wants to reach out to Forest so it could make a donation to the charity of his choice, in an effort to make things right.

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1:45 PM PT -- The shop owner just called in to TMZ Live to issue a formal apology for the incident.  He also said he FIRED the guy who frisked Forest.

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61.

BLues    

🙀Oh my dog. Mr Forest Whitaker was searched and it makes the news via TMZ. That Mr Forest Whitaker, placing the call to get newsworthy. Roll out the presses on such an isolated incident within society.

609 days ago
62.

BLues    

doG dammmm Forest looks indignant!

609 days ago
63.

Valentina1    

This ended well. Had he not been a very rich black man, it probably would not have. The incident would have gone unnoticed and the employee would still be working there. To the owner's credit, he is doing more than what most would. He is trying to keep the peace. I really like that he is offering to support a charity of Mr. Whitaker's choice. Very, very cool. I admire Mr. Whitaker for not ranting on the local news and filing a lawsuit. It has been resolved peacefully and with dignity from BOTH sides.

609 days ago
64.

BOHOE    

Forest are you just happy to see me or is that a panini in your pocket ...........

609 days ago
65.

DownSouth    

Last night when Forest Whitaker got home he poured himself a glass of wine, got himself some cheese and crackers, sat down in his recliner and pulled two feet of Genoa Salami out of his butt hole. Screw Milano market.

609 days ago
66.

tonywestspeaks!    

The real sincerity apology will now be how much this owner donates to a charity of Mr. Whitakers choice...

609 days ago
67.

WACO    

Forest Whitaker, a prominent black actor, is accused of smuggling deli in his pants, and no one is making any Black Forest Ham jokes? I'm disappointed, in ALL of you...

609 days ago
68.

jerry white    

I go to school in the area and have frequented this deli before, I have heard many racist jokes made behind the counter. Also did you notice not one black employee. SAD that they think sending money to charity is a good way to silence racism. That's almost worse than the original act. Did anyone notice owner said they usually call the cops not frisk, Why the frisk this time? Just an FYI for those that didn't notice..

602 days ago
69.

jerry white    

I go to school in the area and have frequented this deli before, I have heard many racist jokes made behind the counter. Also did you notice not one black employee. SAD that they think sending money to charity is a good way to silence racism. That's almost worse than the original act. Did anyone notice owner said they usually call the cops not frisk, Why the frisk this time? Just an FYI for those that didn't notice..

602 days ago
70.

Paulispablo    

Bet they woulda shot him if he was wearin a hoody... Employee thought he looked suspicious all dead eyed an such.. Racism... Silly

597 days ago
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