"I was handcuffed and detained by 2 police officers from the Studio City Police Department after refusing to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place," Watts posted. In an interview with KCBS-TV, she said she and boyfriend Brian Lucas "were embracing in the car when police showed up."
TMZ quotes witnesses who say the two were doing more than embracing.
"An eyewitness who saw Daniele and Brian as he worked in a nearby office tells TMZ Brian was sitting in the passenger seat with his feet on the curb and Daniele was straddling him with her shirt pulled up -- breasts exposed...Someone from the office went down and asked Daniele and Brian to stop because everyone in the office could see them but they continued. Someone from the office called the cops and made an indecent exposure complaint."
Watts' Facebook post did not say much about what precipitated the police encounter, only her rage at the ordeal.
"As I was sitting in the back of the police car, I remembered the countless times my father came home frustrated or humiliated by the cops when he had done nothing wrong. I felt his shame, his anger, and my own feelings of frustration for existing in a world where I have allowed myself to believe that 'authority figures could control my BEING… my ability to BE!!!!!!! I was sitting in that back of this cop car, filled with adrenaline, my wrist bleeding in pain, and it occurred to me, that even there, I STILL HAD POWER OVER MY OWN SPIRIT."
More than 8,000 people have "liked" her message.