Actor Rob Brown has filed a lawsuit against bosses at top U.S. retailer MACy's amid allegations of racial discrimination after he was suspected of using a stolen credit card to purchase an expensive watch.

The Finding Forrester star, 29, claims he was handcuffed in the company's flagship New York store for no reason in June (13) after buying a $1,350 (£900) Movado timepiece as a gift for his mother, Myra, who had graduated from Metropolitan Community College.

He continued shopping after paying for the watch, but alleges he was quickly surrounded by "at least three" plainclothes officers who detained him and "paraded" him through the store like a criminal as they took him upstairs to be questioned.

The star, who is black, was released without charge after 45 minutes in custody, but the delay made him late to his mum's graduation ceremony.

He has since launched legal action against MACy's chiefs after reading about a similar incident involving another young black man at luxury Big Apple retailer Barneys last week (begs21Oct13), which has prompted calls for rap mogul Jay Z to pull his new holiday collection from their shelves.

Brown, who also starred in Coach Carter and Tv drama Treme, is seeking unspecified damages for racial profiling, while he has also charged the New York Police Department cops of violating his constitutional rights.

However, his lawyer John Elefterakis insists the damages claim is just for principle, telling the New York Daily News, "This is about justice, not about money."