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Actor Forest Whitaker was accused of stealing from a New York City-area deli called Milano Market last week.
Whitaker was wrongfully accused of stealing and now the deli is blaming it all on a “misguided” employee.
As we previously reported, Whitaker was stopped by the employee on his way out of the Upper East Side deli on Friday, who frisked him and accused him of taking an item off of the shelf.
“What is most unfortunate about this situation is the inappropriate way store employees are treating patrons of their establishment," Whitaker’s rep said in a statement at the time. "Frisking individuals without proof/evidence is a violation of rights."
His rep added, “Forest did not call the authorities at the request of the worker who was in fear of losing his employment. Forest asked that, in the future, the store change their behavior and treat the public in a fair and just manner.”
A rep for Milano Market has now told TMZ “The management of Milano Market deeply regrets the wrongful actions of our employee in stopping and frisking Forest Whitaker."
They also said they will retrain their employees to prevent similar instances from happening in the future.
"While we can not delve into the employee's mindset, we do not believe that he was racially motivated in his actions, simply misguided,” said the rep.