According to reports, the 35-year-old director went into a branch in January to make a withdrawal.
Ryan, who was wearing a hat, sunglasses, and a COVID face mask, went to the counter and handed the teller a withdrawal slip.
On the back of the slip, he reportedly wrote:
I would like to withdraw $12,000 cash from my checking account.
Please do the money count somewhere else. I’d like to be discreet.
The teller, a pregnant Black woman, misinterpreted the situation as an attempted robbery and trigger an alarm on the banking system.
Police arrived and detained two people who were in an SUV waiting for Ryan and they also handcuffed the director.
A Bank of America spokesperson said:
We deeply regret that this incident occurred. It never should have happened and we have apologized to Mr. Coogler.
Ryan Coogler confirmed the incident to Variety saying:
This situation should never have happened.
However, Bank of America worked with me and addressed it to my satisfaction and we have moved on.
TMZ has released police bodycam footage of Ryan’s arrest and it is very disheartening to see him go through such an unnecessary experience.
Ryan is in Atlanta filming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.