The singer posted a video of himself being handcuffed by Los Angeles police officers after they apparently mistook him for a robber
Singer and actor Wyclef Jean has posted a video of himself being handcuffed by Los Angeles police officers after they apparently mistook him for a robber.
“LAPD another case of mistaken identity,” the Haitian musician wrote in a tweet early Tuesday. “Black man with red bandana robbed a gas station as I was in the studio working but im in handcuffs?”
The 47-year-old included a video of the incident, showing at least two police officers flanking him in front of a cop car.
As the officers appear to cuff him, Jean was shown with his hands behind his back while he addresses the camera.
“They just took off my Haitian bandana,” he said in the clip. “That’s what’s going on with Wyclef in L.A. right now. The LAPD have me in cuffs for absolutely nothing.”
He posted a lengthier video to Instagram, declaring, “Just so y’all know, I am going to sue the LAPD.”
Jean addressed the incident further on social media: “I was asked by the police to Put my hands up. Then I was told do not move. I was instantly hand cuffed before being asked to identify myself,” he wrote in the first of a series of tweets. “Nor was I told why I was being cuffed. In the process I said my name and told them they have wrong person. They proceeded to ignore me and I was treated like a criminal until other police showed up and pointed out they had wrong person.”
A spokesman with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department tells PEOPLE that an armed robbery occurred at around 12:40 a.m. in West Hollywood and the suspect description and vehicle matched Jean’s.
“They didn’t know who [Jean] was,” the spokesperson said of the officers. “They detained Wyclef … based on the information provided they were able to determine that they do not believe Wyclef was, in fact, the suspect.”
He added: “[Jean] was released. That whole detention with Wyclef happened in less than 10 minutes.”
The suspect was soon located just blocks from where Jean was detained, the spokesman tells PEOPLE. The suspect has been charged with robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm.
He says police have no evidence that Jean had anything to do with the robbery.
The LAPD later addressed the incident on social media. “This morning @wyclef erroneously tweeted that he had been detained by the #LAPD. We can confirm that we WERE NOT involved in that incident,” they said.