Academy-award winning actor Forest Whitaker was grossly accused of stealing from an NYC deli by an employee, who frisked him in front of other customers on Friday. Forest told TMZ that as he was leaving Milano Market on the Upper East Side a deli employee accused him of taking something from the shelf without paying.
An eyewitness says that the employee then proceeded to frisk Forest like a common criminal, which resulted in nothing but the actor being angry and shocked at what had happened to him.
Forest's rep told 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 added, "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."
The actor is currently in NYC "filming Black Nativity, an adaptation of Langston Hughes' celebrated play," according to his Twitter.