'Raising Kanan' star Malcolm Mays Forcibly Removed by Security From 'Power Book II: Ghost' Premiere

The NYC Premiere of 'Power Book II: Ghost' has taken a sudden detour and turned into a scene out of a drama series when the actor who stars in the spinoff show got into an altercation with security.

AceShowbiz - The New York City premiere for "Power Book II: Ghost" made headlines for reasons beyond the show's anticipated release. The star-studded event took an unexpected twist as actor Malcolm Mays, best known for his role as Lou-Lou in Starz's "Raising Kanan", was forcefully removed by security.

A video of the incident quickly went viral, racking up views on TikTok. The footage reveals Malcolm Mays with his hands up, engaged in a heated exchange as several officers pull him away. "Don't f***ing touch me, I'm trying to tell you," Mays is heard saying as tensions escalate.

Known for his performances in TV shows like "Snowfall", "Them", and "Rebel", Mays found himself in a verbal confrontation near the event's entrance before he left.

Mays directed his frustration towards the on-site police officers. "You're protecting the wrong person," he declared. "Do you know who I am? I know you don't, and that's the f***ing problem. You're just listening to whoever the f*** talks to you. When I talk to you, you don't want to listen right? 'Cause I'm a Black man."

As the buzz intensified online, @pictureswithq clarified that the incident was far from a staged stunt, emphasizing its gravity.

According to another video by the photographer, the confusion began after Mays, who had stepped out of the premiere, found himself being asked by security to move away from the door. Reportedly, security did not recognize him and decided to remove him physically when he refused to comply.

This incident has fueled conversations about racial dynamics and recognition of Black actors in Hollywood. As the story continues to unfold, it serves as a stark reminder of the complexities many Black celebrities face even in spaces where they are celebrated for their work.

While the premiere of "Power Book II: Ghost" was meant to celebrate the series' triumphs, it brought to light some sobering realities of the entertainment industry and society at large. The incident with Malcolm Mays has undoubtedly sparked a larger dialogue that extends beyond the glitz and glamour of the premiere night.

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