Ava DuVernay confronts man for grabbing her hair: 'Don't touch anyone uninvited'

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...


Ava DuVernay on Being a Rebel, Distributing Diverse Films and Her New Barbie

Ava DuVernay recently had an unpleasant encounter when trying to board a train.

The Selma director tweeted Saturday that she missed her ride because she confronted a stranger who had touched her hair.

"Missed train dealing w/ a man who touched my hair + when I asked what in all the hells he thought he was doing, [he] replied, 'Is this racial?' " DuVernay tweeted.

She wrote that other women came over to support her, which led the man to yell at them all. According to DuVernay, the train station's police then got involved.

37 PHOTOS
David Oyelowo + Stars of Selma
See Gallery
Ava DuVernay confronts man for grabbing her hair: 'Don't touch anyone uninvited'
David Oyelowo gave a bold answer as to why he was passed over for an Oscar nomination for his critically acclaimed role as Martin Luther King, Jr. in 'Selma.'
David Oyelowo arrives at the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuosos Award ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
David Oyelowo arrives at the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuosos Award ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Actor David Oyelowo and wife Jessica pose for photographers at a central London cinema, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, for the European premiere of Selma, a film about a three month campaign led by Martin Luther King Jr, which culminated in a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, USA. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Dr. Mohammad Bhuiyan, fourth from left, joins hands with actor David Oyelowo, center, who portrays the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the movie "Selma,"Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, second from right, and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., during the singing of "We Shall Overcome" at a service honoring King at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King preached, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Actor David Oyelowo, who portrays the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the movie "Selma," cries as he speaks during a service honoring King at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King preached, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Actor David Oyelowo, who portrays the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the movie "Selma," speaks at the King holiday commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where King preached, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Oprah Winfrey lowers her head to pray with David Oyelowo, who portrays Martin Luther King Jr. in the movie "Selma" before they march to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Selma, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
David Oyelowo, who portrays Martin Luther King Jr. in the movie "Selma" just before he marches to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Selma, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Actor David Oyelowo, who portrays the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the movie "Selma," prepares to speak during a service honoring King at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King preached, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, in Atlanta. Also pictured are King's daughter Bernice King, left, and his sister Christine King Farris, right. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Oprah Winfrey locks arms with David Oyelowo, who portrays Martin Luther King Jr. in the movie "Selma" as they march to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Selma, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
David Oyelowo arrives at the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
SANTA BARBARA, CA - FEBRUARY 01: Actor David Oyelowo attends the Virtuosos Award at the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the Arlington Theater on February 1, 2015 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Jennifer Lourie/WireImage)
SANTA BARBARA, CA - FEBRUARY 01: Actor David Oyelowo speaks at the Virtuosos Award at the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the Arlington Theater on February 1, 2015 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for The Santa Barbara International Film Festival)
SANTA BARBARA, CA - FEBRUARY 01: Actor David Oyelowo attends a screening of 'Nightingale' at the Metro at the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival on February 1, 2015 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for The Santa Barbara International Film Festival)
SANTA BARBARA, CA - FEBRUARY 01: Actor David Oyelowo attends a screening of 'Nightingale' at the Metro at the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival on l on February 1, 2015 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for The Santa Barbara International Film Festival)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: (SUN NEWSPAPER OUT. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE J. HOGAN GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Actor David Oyelowo (second left) with his family attend the European premiere of 'Selma' after party at One Mayfair on January 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: (L to R) Colman Domingo, Jade Ewen and David Oyelowo attend the European Premiere of 'Selma' at One Mayfair on January 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: (SUN NEWSPAPER OUT. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE J. HOGAN GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Actor David Oyelowo attends the European premiere of 'Selma' at the Curzon Mayfair on January 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: (SUN NEWSPAPER OUT. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE J. HOGAN GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Actor David Oyelowo attends the European premiere of 'Selma' at the Curzon Mayfair on January 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
SELMA, AL - JANUARY 18: EDITORIAL USE ONLY David Oyelowo attends a special screening of 'Selma,' presented by Paramount Pictures on January 18, 2015 in Selma, Alabama. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
SELMA, AL - JANUARY 18: EDITORIAL USE ONLY- Oprah Winfrey greets David Oyelowo during the red carpet event for a special screeing of 'Selma' on January 18, 2015 in Selma, Alabama. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
SELMA, AL - JANUARY 18: EDITORIAL USE ONLY- David Oyelowo waves to audience members at the Selma High School Q&A event on January 18, 2015 in Selma, Alabama. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Actor David Oyelowo attends the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for A&E Network)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actors David Oyelowo (L) and Oprah Winfrey attend the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for A&E Network)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: (EDITORS NOTE: Image processed using digital filters) Actor David Oyelowo attends the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Oprah Winfrey (L) and actor David Oyelowo attends the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards cocktail party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 09: Actor David Oyelowo arrives at the 15th Annual AFI Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 09: (L-R) Actors Angelina Jolie, David Oyelowo and Brad Pitt attend the 15th Annual AFI Awards Luncheon at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AFI)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 09: Actors Matthew McConaughey (L) and David Oyelowo attend the 15th Annual AFI Awards Luncheon at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AFI)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 06: (L-R) Common, Director Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo attend the 2014 National Board of Review Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 06: David Oyelowo visits The SiriusXM Studios For 'Selma: An Urban View Special' on January 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: David Oyelowo arrives for the 'Late Show with David Letterman' at Ed Sullivan Theater on January 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
THE VIEW - The cast of the movie 'Selma,' actors Common, David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo air on ABC's 'The View,' Monday, January 19, 2015. 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
SELMA, AL - JANUARY 18: 'Selma' director Ava DuVernay participates in the ceremony to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 18, 2015 in Selma, Alabama. (Photo by David A. Smith/Getty Images)
SELMA, AL - JANUARY 18: 'Selma' director Ava DuVernay participates in the ceremony to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 18, 2015 in Selma, Alabama. (Photo by David A. Smith/Getty Images)
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION

"Now, he's having charges pressed by another lady for harassment," DuVernay continued. "Moral: DON'T TOUCH anyone uninvited. ESPECIALLY not this black woman's hair."

DuVernay later thanked her Twitter followers for their positive messages, writing that she is "more than fine" after the incident.

The director's tweets can be seen below.

Read Full Story

People are Reading