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.
LAPD another case of mistaken identity. Black man with red bandana robbed a gas station as I was in the studio working but im in handcuffs? pic.twitter.com/vjRfJUkooA— Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) March 21, 2017
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:
I was asked by the police to Put my hands up. Then I was told do not move. I was instantly hand cuffed before being asked to identify myself— Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) March 21, 2017
Nor was I told why I was being cuffed. In the process I said my name and told them they have wrong person.— Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) March 21, 2017
They proceeded to ignore me and I was treated like a criminal until other police showed up and pointed out they had wrong person.— Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) March 21, 2017
I am sure no father wants his sons or daughters to see him in Handcuffs especially if he is innocent.— Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) March 21, 2017
As some one who has law enforcers in my family, I was appalled by this behavior of the LAPD.— Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) March 21, 2017
The Associated Press contributed to this report.