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Daniele Watts, Django Unchained actress, pleads no contest to disturbing the peace

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DANIELE WATTS
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Daniele Watts, who has appeared in projects such as Django Unchained and Weeds, pleaded no contest on Monday to charges of disturbing the peace along with her boyfriend, Brian James Lucas.

Watts was charged with lewd conduct back in January. According to the Los Angeles Times, the couple has been mandated to “serve a year of formal diversion, complete 40 hours of community service and write letters apologizing to the LAPD sergeant and an officer, as well as the occupants of a Ventura Boulevard building who reported them to police.”

The actress and her boyfriend made headlines last year after claiming they were mistreated by police because of racial profiling.

“Today I was handcuffed and detained by 2 police officers from the Studio City Police Department after refusing to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place,” Watts wrote on Facebook. Watts later added that the incident recalled stories her father used to tell.

As I was sitting in the back of the police car, I remembered the countless times my father came home frustrated or humiliated by the cops when he had done nothing wrong. I felt his shame, his anger, and my own feelings of frustration for existing in a world where I have allowed myself to believe that ‘authority figures’ could control my BEING… my ability to BE!!!!!!!”

Watts and Lucas initially pled not guilty to their charges, citing their actions a “passionate public embrace” and “extended public display of affection.” These charges have been formally dropped in exchange for their plea.

An attorney for Watts and Lucas noted that although the writing of a apology letter was unusual, upon completion of their sentence, the case could be dismissed from their records entirely.

For more, head to the LA Times website.