The acclaimed Canadian, science-fiction writer, Dr. Peter Watts, was arrested on Tuesday and now faces a two year jail sentence for assaulting an officer.
After being stopped at the border when returning home, border officers proceeded to inspect his rented car. Dr. Watts claims that when he questioned the nature of the search he was greeted with a dose of pepper spray, a beating and an attempt to withhold his Miranda rights.
“Along some other timeline, I did not get out of the car to ask what was going on. I did not repeat that question when refused an answer and told to get back into the vehicle. In that other timeline I was not punched in the face, pepper-sprayed, shit-kicked, handcuffed, thrown wet and half-naked into a holding cell for three fucking hours, thrown into an even colder jail cell overnight, arraigned, and charged with assaulting a federal officer, all without access to legal representation (although they did try to get me to waive my Miranda rights. Twice.).
As well as the alleged beating Watts has also had his property confiscated, with a collection of computer equipment and even his notebook filled with story ideas taken away from him.
Dr. Peter Watts worked on the story for Homeworld back in the 90’s and has most recently been employed by Crytek to contribute in writing the story for Crysis 2.
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