‘Empire’ actress apologizes for racial profiling allegation
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Actress Taraji P. Henson has apologized to a Southern California police department that she accused of racially profiling her son.
Henson posted a statement on Instagram Friday afternoon, hours after the Glendale Police Department released video of a traffic stop of the actress’ son that showed the officer respectfully dealing with the 20-year-old.
Henson accused a Glendale police officer of profiling her son in an interview with Uptown magazine.
The “Empire” star said in the interview her son was also racially profiled by an officer at the University of Southern California and that prompted him to transfer to Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Henson’s apology did not mention USC.
USC Public Safety Chief John Thomas wrote in a statement earlier this week that he wanted to discuss the allegations with Henson, but the school had no update Friday on whether that conversation had occurred.