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'Black Panther' Director Mistakenly Suspected of Bank Robbery

"Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler was mistakenly suspected of attempting to rob an Atlanta bank when he went to make a large cash withdrawal, CNN reports. Because the amount Coogler was attempting to withdraw above $10,000, he wrote a note on the back of the withdrawal that asked the teller to count the cash discreetly. The teller also received an alert on Coogler's account related to the large withdrawal. In response, the teller told a manager she thought Coogler was attempting to rob the bank, which prompted a 911 call.

When police arrived, they placed Coogler in handcuffs and detained two of his colleagues who were waiting for him outside the bank. Coogler was released shortly after police verified his identity. Coogler reported that while the incident "should never have happened . . . Bank of America worked with [him] and addressed it to [his] satisfaction and [they] have moved on." Coogler is in Georgia working on "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever," the sequel to the first film in the series from 2018.


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