Mission Impossible star Ving Rhames says police held him at gunpoint
Mission Impossible star Ving Rhames reveals police held him at gunpoint after his neighbors called the cops and said a ‘large black man’ broke into a home
- Actor Ving Rhames was featured on an episode of The Clay Cane Show Friday
- When asked about his personal experience with racism the 59-year-old revealed Santa Monica police held him at gunpoint in his own home earlier this year
- Officers said they received a call about a ‘large black man’ breaking into a home
- One of the officers recognized Rhames and told the others to stand down
- When they confronted the neighbor who called 911 she denied it
Actor Ving Rhames, 59, revealed on a podcast this week that Santa Monica police held him at gunpoint in his own home while responding to a neighbor’s call that a ‘large black man’ had broken in earlier this year
Actor Ving Rhames claims police held him at gunpoint in his own home while responding to a neighbor’s call that a ‘large black man’ had broken in.
The 59-year-old who stars in the new Mission: Impossible – Fallout recounted the frightening experience in an episode of The Clay Cane Show on Friday when asked about his own experiences with racism.
Rhames said he was watching ESPN out at his home at around 2.15pm one afternoon earlier this year when he heard a noise in his backyard.
He didn’t think much of it, figuring it was his two English bulldog puppies messing around, before he heard a knock on the front door.
‘I open the door and there is a red dot pointed at my face from a 9mm. They say put up your hands, literally,’ he said.
‘I just walked and opened up the door. Then they said: “Open the front screen door.” They say do it with one hand so then I have to do it with one hand. My hands are up and they have me outside.’
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Rhames stars in the latest installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise, Fallout. A shot from the film shows him alongside (from left) Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson and Tom Cruise
Rhames said the officer pointing the gun at him was joined by two other officers as well as a police dog and the chief of police, who recognized the Golden Globe winner and instructed the officers stand down.
The officers revealed they were responding to a 911 call from a neighbor who said a ‘large black man’ had broken into a home.
Rhames accompanied the officers across the street to confront the neighbor who made the call, but she denied it, according to Rhames.
‘You can check this with the Santa Monica Police Department. They apologized and what have you. This is the God’s honest truth,’ he said.
The department has not returned DailyMail.com’s requests for comment.
Ultimately Rhames said he feels lucky that the situation was diffused so quickly, but that the experience made him worry about his 16-year-old son Freedom.
‘My problem is, as I said this to them, what if it was my son and he had a video game remote or something and you thought it was a gun?’ Rhames asked.
Ironically the award-winning actor has served as a spokesperson for alarm company ADT, as seen in the commercial above
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