Wyclef mistaken for robbery suspect


March 23, 2017
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Grammy-winning musician Wyclef Jean said he was handcuffed and "treated like a criminal" when Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies mistook him for a violent armed robber early Tuesday.

The former Fugees star posted a video on Twitter showing himself in handcuffs leaned over a patrol car in West Hollywood, decrying the way he was being treated.

Los Angeles sheriff's officials apologised for inconveniencing Jean but said he was lawfully stopped by deputies looking for a violent criminal whose victims described a similar vehicle and article of clothing.


"I was asked by the police to put my hands up. Then I was told, 'Do not move.' I was instantly handcuffed before being asked to identify myself and before being told why," Jean told The Associated Press. "In the process, I said my name and told them they have wrong person. They proceeded to ignore me and I was treated like a criminal."

In a statement Tuesday afternoon, sheriff's officials said Jean was riding in a car that matched the description of the vehicle used in an armed robbery that occurred a few minutes before Jean was stopped.