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.
“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.