FUGEES frontman Wyclef Jean was wrongly arrested by police for robbing a petrol station in “another case of mistaken identity”.

The 47-year-old took to Twitter to tell his followers of his fury after he was handcuffed by LAPD officers for a crime committed by a black man in a red bandanna.

TMZ has given more background to the incident, and claims that Wyclef was busted while driving with two female friends.

The website reports: “Wyclef and two female passengers, one of them his manager, were pulled over by L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies around 1:30 AM in West Hollywood.

“Law enforcement sources tell us his vehicle matched the description of a car used in an armed robbery right around the same time, in the same neighborhood — and Wyclef was wearing a red bandanna also matching the suspect description.

“As for how he ended up in handcuffs — we’re told one of the women got out of the vehicle abruptly, and while talking to deputies.

“Wyclef reached toward his waistband. Deputies put on the cuffs for about 6 minutes while they sorted this out.”

As soon as he had been released, Wyclef took to social media to slam the cops’ behaviour and attitude towards him.

He raged: “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?

“Why am I in Handcuffs!!!!!????? This is what I said to the LAPD after they put me in Handcuffs…






“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.

“Nor was I told why I was being cuffed. 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 until other police showed up and pointed out they had wrong person.


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“I am sure no father wants his sons or daughters to see him in Handcuffs especially if he is innocent.

“As some one who has law enforcers in my family, I was appalled by this behavior of the LAPD.”

Earlier in the evening Wyclef posted a picture of himself with Diane Warren working in the studio – in which his red bandanna is evident.

A video he posted to Instagram showed him wearing handcuffs in front of a police car with its blue lights flashing.

Speaking calmly, he politely asks the officers, “why have you put the cuffs on me?” a reasonable question which appears to go unanswered.

Fans were quick to praise him for handling the situation so calmly, with one writing: “Respect brother for keeping it real cool and intelligent!”

The Haitian-born musician has an estimated fortune of £8million, with Fugees album The Score accounting for a reported £4m.





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