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NYC Hotel Security Falsely Accuses 3 Black Women of Prostitution

How unusual was the situation this weekend that found Django Unchained actress Danièle Watts getting mistaken for a prostitute and detained by the Los Angeles Police Department just for kissing her boyfriend in public? Apparently, events like this are more common than you would think.

In an interview with AlterNet, New York City lawyer Kantaki Washington claimed that she and two friends — all three black women — were having drinks at the Standard Hotel bar in the Meatpacking District back in August when security approached them and accused them of “soliciting.”

At first, Washington said she did not know what the man meant, asking him, “Soliciting what?” When he persists, she said she replied, “Dude, I’m a lawyer and these women are educators. Why the hell would I be in here soliciting prostitution?”

Following the incident, Washington received an email from the hotel offering her a bottle of champagne and dinner for four at The Standard Grill as an apology with not addressing the specifics of the offense. She told the site she believes she and her friends were racially profiled.

Read the full report at alternet.org.

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