DISGRACE: Actor/director Forest Whitaker was wrongly accused of shoplifting from the Milano Market in Manhattan and subjected to an embarrassing pat-down Friday, TMZ.com reports. The Oscar-award winning actor is fighting allegations he stole goods off a shelf at the upscale deli on the Upper East Side.
Forest Whitaker was reportedly walking down the aisles of Milano Market when an employee approached him and accused him of shoplifting. Whitaker, who is set to star in the upcoming movie, The Butler, about White House butler Cecil Gaines, was frisked in front of other customers.
Ever the gentleman, Forest Whitaker took the high road and didn’t threaten to sue or report the matter to the authorities. Instead, he told the store manager that they should ’change their behavior’ and ‘treat the public in a fair and just manner.’ It is clear that Mr. Whitaker’s rights were violated.