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Ving Rhames Says Police Held Him at Gunpoint in His Home

Ving Rhames Says Police Held Him at Gunpoint in His Home

"This happened this year", Rhames said. Fallout star was kicking back in his boxers one afternoon when he heard commotion around the house. And then, I get a knock on the front door. They provided him with the address of the neighbor, and Rhames went over to the house with an officer, but he said that when he confronted the neighbor, they denied it.

Fortunately, the situation was defused after a police chief recognized Rhames as the parent of a child who played on his own son's basketball team. "And they say, 'Put up your hands'".

"So here I am in my own home, alone in some basketball shorts and just because someone called and said a large Black man is breaking [in, ] when I opened up the wooden door, a 9-mm is pointed at me", Ving repeated. The officer told them that a woman in his neighborhood called and said a "large black man" was breaking in.

Listen to Rhames recount his experience below.

A neighbor called the police on Ving when they thought he was a robber. So, as a matter of fact, I was watching ESPN, so I get up, and I'm just in my basketball shorts, literally.

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The "Mission Impossible" star explained that the police officers instructed him to open up the screen door with one hand and walk outside.

Santa Monica Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment from HuffPost.

Rhames was also concerned what would've happened if his young son had answered the door instead of him.

"I had a situation, I live in Brentwood, and I have another house in Santa Monica, California", Rhames recalled. Lucky for him, one of the policemen recognized that it was Ving Rhames. "Just like. Trayvon has a bag of Skittles", Rhames said, referring to Travyon Martin, the teenager who was killed by a neighborhood patrol watchman in Florida in 2012. Over the last few months, a woman called 911 because black people were barbequing in a public park in Oakland; another woman called police on a black girl selling bottled water in San Francisco; and, among other incidents, a CVS manager calling 911 because he questioned the legitimacy of a woman's coupon.