Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker who acted as Idi Amin of Uganda was wrongly accused of shoplifting from a New York City delicatessen.The African America actor who’s genes were traced back to Igbo decent in Nigeria and starred in the “The Last King of Scotland” was left fuming in anger when he left the Milano Market on Manhattan’s Upper East Side following an incident that saw him stopped by a store employee and accused of taking an item from the shelf without paying for it. The actor was subsequently frisked by the worker in search for the item, unfortunately for the worker nothing from the shop was found on him.
The embarrassing situation got the 51-year-old star upset by the way he was treated. Although he did not report to the authorities to avoid the worker loosing his job, Whitaker believes treating customers unfairly could affect their patronage to the store and fundamentally it is a violation of human right.
Forest Steven Whitaker is an African American born July 15, 1961, known to be of impeccable behavior. The actor earned a reputation for intensive character study work for films such as Bird, Ghost and for his recurring role as ex-LAPD Lieutenant John Kavanaugh on the award-winning television series ‘The Shield’. The actor further to his performance as Ugandan Dictator Idi Amin in the movie ‘The Last King of Scotland’ released in 2006 won an Academy Award. Whitaker subsequently won Golden Globe and Bafta.
Whitaker has a long history of working with well with film directors and fellow actors and in in 1990 he into producing and directing which saw him co-produced ‘A rage of Harlem’ in 1991 and directed his first movie, ‘Waiting to Exhale’ in 1995.
Whitaker who studies yoga and has a black belt in Kenpo, got married to actress Keisha Nash in 1996. The couples have four children: two daughters together (Sonnet and True), and his son (Ocean) and her daughter (Autumn) from previous relationships.
Whitaker roots were genetically traced to Igbo descent from Nigeria on his father’s side and Akan descent of Ghana on his mother’s side