Ving Rhames recalls being held at gunpoint by police

Star was reported as a burglar in his own home

by Jennie Kermode

Ving Rhames in Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Ving Rhames in Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Ving Rhames, who can be seen saving the world this week in Mission: Impossible - Fallout, has revealed how he was held at gunpoint by police after being reported as an intruder in his own home. Speaking on the Clay Cane show, he recalled answering his door to find a red dot pointed at his face in an incident that could well have proved fatal.

Rhames lives in a spacious house in Santa Monica on the California coast, and according to the officers involved a neighbour had called to say that she saw a large black man breaking into the residence. The actor was forced to place his hands above his head and walk outside - wearing just his basketball shorts - before he was lucky enough to be spotted by a police chief who recognised him from their children's sports team.

Although the incident fortunately ended without anyone getting hurt, Rhames said that he worries about his son and what might have happened had he answered the door holding something that an officer thought could be a gun.

To date, 112 black people, most of them male, have been shot to death by police in the US in 2018.

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