In an unfortunate turn of events, it has been reported that Ryan Coogler, who is currently working on the 'Black Panther' sequel was handcuffed and briefly arrested after being mistaken for a bank robber.
For those who do not recognize who Ryan Coogler has directed other films including Fruitvale Station, Creed, and the first Black Panther installment
According to a police report filed a few days ago, Ryan Coogler was briefly detained and handcuffed by police back in January 2022 after he was mistaken for a bank robber at a Bank of America.
The Black Panther director went to Bank of America on January 7th to make a very legal transaction, but the person who was attending him thought otherwise. Ryan Coogler was spotted in a picture cam released by TMZ wearing a green hoodie, sunglasses, a COVID mask, and a black hat. Apparently, things started to get suspicious to the bank teller when they received a little piece of paper with a message hand-written by Coogler.
Apparently, the paper included a message urging the person who was attending him to count the money elsewhere because he wanted to be discreet. “I would like to withdraw $12,000 cash from my checking account. Please do the money count somewhere else. I’d like to be discreet.”
From here, things just got worse because the bank teller thought it was a robbery because the amount surpassed $10,000 and because when trying to retrieve the money it triggered an alert notification from Coogler’s bank account. The teller informed her boss and then they called the police.
According to Variety, four Atlanta PD officers arrived at the scene and not only detained Coogler, but two of the director's colleagues who were waiting for him outside the bank in a car with the engine running. Coogler was handcuffed and taken out of the bank but after verifying his identity and his Bank of America account he was quickly released.
A Bank of America spokesperson spoke to Variety and declared “We deeply regret that this incident occurred. It never should have happened and we have apologized to Mr. Coogler.” And Ryan Cogler himself also released a statement. “This situation should never have happened,” he said. “However, Bank of America worked with me and addressed it to my satisfaction and we have moved on.”
Ryan Coogler is currently working on 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever'. In the beginning, it seemed like he was struggling with the Marvel Cinematic Universe project since its lead protagonist Chadwick Boseman died of cancer. However, it has been reported that it is almost finished.