Ving Rhames has revealed the recent ordeal he endured at the hands of the U.S. police.
According to Complex, the actor revealed this during a recent episode of SiriusXM’s The Clay Cane Show, where they discussed racism and other socio-political issues and he revealed that he was held at gunpoint in his house by the police.
Reportedly, the police was responding to a purported burglary that happened in his Santa Monica home and thought he was the thief. “This happened this year,” said the Mission Impossible actor. “I open the door and there is a red dot pointed at my face from a 9-mm, and they say, ‘Put up your hands.’ Literally.”
He added that the officers took him outside where one of the responding policemen identified Rhames not for his roles in famous movies, but because the officer’s son played basketball. The cop and Rhames’ sons had previously played each other in a game.
The actor said the incident scared him and had him worrying about his son. “What if it was my son and he had a video game remote or something, and you thought it was a gun,” he asked. “Just like, I don’t know, Trayvon had a bag of Skittles.”
Rhames noted that the police said a neighbour called 911 to notify authorities that a “large black man” was robbing Rhames’ home. Afterwards, police accompanied Rhames to the neighbor’s house to find out what happened, but she said she didn’t make the call.