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Black Panther director Ryan Coogler condemns wrongful bank robbery suspicion

"This situation should never have happened."

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Black Panther director Ryan Coogler was detained by police in January after he was mistaken for a bank robber.

At a Bank of America branch in Atlanta, the 35-year-old tried to make a discreet withdrawal by handing the bank teller a note, but this was misinterpreted as an attempted robbery by the employee, Variety reports.

Four officers arrived at the scene and also detained two of the filmmaker's colleagues, who were waiting outside the building in a car with its engine running.

Coogler was handcuffed and taken out of the bank by two of the officers. After verifying Coogler's identity and his Bank of America account, the officers released him and his colleagues.

Responding in a statement to this unfortunate event, Coogler said: "This situation should never have happened. However, Bank of America worked with me and addressed it to my satisfaction and we have moved on."

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A Bank of America spokesperson added: "We deeply regret that this incident occurred. It never should have happened and we have apologized to Mr Coogler."

Coogler has been in Atlanta for the shoot of his latest project, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

The sequel is set to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who played Wakanda's King T'Challa in the MCU, after he sadly died in August 2020.

Angela Bassett, who plays Ramonda, previously said: "Everyone felt, the first week of shooting, the presence of Chadwick and missing him on that throne.

"But we all came together and just paid homage to him before we began, which was wonderful... everyone just speaking beautiful words about him and expressing how much we care and how he informed and inspired us."

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has a release date of November 11, 2022. The first movie is streaming now on Disney+.

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