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Forest Whitaker Falsely Accused of Shoplifting

Posted Saturday February 16, 2013 7:00 PM GMT

When all he wanted was something to eat, Forest Whitaker got more than he bargained for at a New York City deli on Friday (February 15).

The “Last Stand” actor was accused of stealing an item off a shelf by an employee of Milano Market, and was frisked in front of other patrons.

Though nothing was found, a rep for the 51-year-old star told TMZ, “This was an upsetting incident given the fact that Forest did nothing more than walk into the deli. What is most unfortunate about this situation is the inappropriate way store employees are treating patrons of their establishment.”

Mr. Whitaker did not call the police over the incident, although he did ask that the store “change their behavior and treat the public in a fair and just manner.”

The employee and the deli have declined comment.

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