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Last Friday, Forest Whitaker was wrongly accused of shoplifting and was FRISKED IN PUBLIC at the Milano Market in the Upper West Side (NYC).

“This was an upsetting incident given the fact that Forest did nothing more than walk into the deli. What is most unfortunate about this situation is the inappropriate way store employees are treating patrons of their establishment.” Whitaker said after the incident.

Whitaker was stopped by a deli employee and accused of swiping an item from the shelf. Now the deli owners are apologizing to the star for their actions.

The owners of a New York delicatessen where actor Forest Whitaker was accused of shoplifting last week have apologized to the star for the actions of a “misguided” employee.

A representative for the deli tells TMZ, “The management of Milano Market deeply regrets the wrongful actions of our employee in stopping and frisking Forest Whitaker.”

But the reps for the deli deny that the actions by the employee are racially motivated, adding, “While we can not delve into the employee’s mindset, we do not believe that he was racially motivated in his actions, simply misguided.”

The store owners have offered Whitaker a donation to the charity of his choice.