Wyclef Jean briefly handcuffed in West Hollywood, mistaken for robbery suspect

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Grammy-winning musician Wyclef Jean says he was unfairly detained by authorities in Los Angeles County after being mistaken for a robbery suspect.

The 47-year-old, who previously sold millions of albums in the 1990s as a member of hip-hop group the Fugees, posted a video Tuesday on Twitter showing himself in handcuffs leaned over a patrol car.

Jean said he was stopped by Los Angeles police, but he was actually detained by sheriff's deputies in neighboring West Hollywood.


The singer said he tried to explain that he wasn't the suspect, but was instead ignored and cuffed.

According to the sheriff's spokeswoman Nicole Nishida, Jean's clothing and vehicle matched the description of a suspect in an armed robbery.

She said he was detained for a "short time" and then released. The suspects were later arrested.

Jean expressed his frustration over the matter in a series of tweets:

The Associated Press contributed to this report.