Ryan Coogler Says He’s ‘Moved On’ From Bank Arrest After Bank of America Issued An Apology

Published: Thursday 10th Mar 2022 by Rashad

Ryan Coogler is speaking out about a headline-grabbing arrest he says ‘should have never happened.’

According to a police report, the ‘Black Panther’ director stepped into an Atlanta branch of Bank of America (BOA) in January and handed the teller a withdrawal slip with a note written on the back that reportedly read, “I would like to withdraw $12,000 cash from my checking account. Please do the money count somewhere else. I’d like to be discreet.”

Despite providing proper identification, the bank teller assumed Coogler was a bank robber because he was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, mask, and sunglasses.  After she notified her manager and police authorities, the award-winning filmmaker was temporarily detained.

Body cam footage of the ordeal landed online nearly two months later, causing a media hoopla in its wake.  Now, Ryan and BOA have issued statements about the now-viral clip.

Taking to ‘Entertainment Tonight,’ Coogler waxed honest about the embarrassing encounter.

“This situation should never have happened,” Coogler said in a statement Wednesday (March 9). “However, Bank of America worked with me and addressed it to my satisfaction and we have moved on.”

BOA echoed the 35-year-old’s sentiment.

“We deeply regret that this incident occurred. It never should have happened and we have apologized to Mr. Coogler,” a rep from the bank said.

As of time reported, the financial institution has not announced any action plan on how it will avoid situations like this in the future.

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