09/17/2014 AT 09:30 AM EDT
An incident involving actress Daniele Watts and the LAPD
is quickly becoming a case of he said, she said.
Watts posted on Facebook on Sept. 11 that “2 different police officers accosted me and forced me into handcuffs. I knew that I had done nothing wrong.”
She says she was arrested for merely “showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place” with her partner, celebrity chef Brian James Lucas.
According to the LAPD, officers responded to a radio call generated by a concerned citizen, who complained that a male and a female were involved in indecent exposure inside a silver Mercedes with the vehicle door open.
“The responding sergeant and police officers located two individuals that matched the description of the suspects, and they were briefly detained,” the LAPD said in a statement released to PEOPLE. “Upon further investigation it was determined that no crime had been committed. Ms. Watts and her companion were subsequently released.”
Now, the sergeant who was at the scene says Watts is “lying” about what really happened.
Sgt. Jim Parker tells The Hollywood Reporter that he did not plan on arresting the couple, and it was only after Watts began “making a fuss” that things escalated.
“People having sex in the car, no biggie. No one wants to arrest anybody,” Parker told THR. Watts refused to identify herself and began walking away from the scene, so Parker sent two other officers to her to bring her back, according to his account.
“I’m thinking, ‘God, it’s taking a long time to bring her back to me,’ ” Parker said. “They said, ‘She’s being difficult.’ They have her handcuffed, because that’s what they do.”
Parker confirmed the legitimacy of the audio of the incident that was released on TMZ, in which a female voice is heard saying, “Do you know how many times the cops have been called because I’m black? Just because I’m black and he’s white?”
A rep for Watts and Lucas had no comment in regards to Parker’s recent statements, but Lucas previously released a statement about the incident.
“Sergeant Rudolph Valadez from the LAPD Internal Affairs office contacted us yesterday afternoon. He recorded my conversation with him and communicated to us that he was responsible for conducting the investigation. I shared with him that we had not filed a formal complaint and he expressed that a complaint had been filed on our behalf. He asked us if we taped the audio that was leaked on TMZ’s website. I shared with him that the audio was not coming from me or Daniele, and it seemed clear and obvious the recording was coming from Sergeant Parker’s lapel area.”
Parker confirmed that a recording of the incident did take place.
“Police officers can record surreptitiously without consent. The other officers also had their recording on. It helps the police department,” Parker told THR, denying any wrongdoing on the part of himself or the LAPD, adding that Watts is making “malicious and false statements.”