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Forest Whitaker frisk deli: We’re not racist

The New York City Italian deli that frisked actor Forest Whitaker recently after falsely accusing him of stealing something has issued a formal apology for the incident.

The Academy Award-winning thespian was infuriated after what he felt to be a violation of his civil rights at the Milano Market in the Upper West Side neighbourhood of the city last Friday.

Apparently a store employee accused him of stealing an item from the shelf and then proceeded to pat him down and humiliate him in front of other customers.

The inspection unearthed nothing and Forest left the establishment angry.

The Milano Market is sorry for the mortifying incident.

"The management of Milano Market deeply regrets the wrongful actions of our employee in stopping and frisking Forest Whitaker,” a representative from the store told TMZ.

"While we cannot delve into the employee's mindset, we do not believe that he was racially motivated in his actions, simply misguided."

Forest did not file an official report on the frisk.

He only asked previously that Milano Market apologise, and he got his wish.

"This was an upsetting incident given the fact that Forest did nothing more than walk into the deli,” the star’s spokesperson told TMZ earlier this week.

“What is most unfortunate about this situation is the inappropriate way store employees are treating patrons of their establishment. Frisking individuals without proof/evidence is a violation of rights.

"Forest did not call the authorities at the request of the worker who was in fear of losing his employment. Forest asked that, in the future, the store change their behaviour and treat the public in a fair and just manner.”

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