CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Police Department has apologized for issuing a community alert that described a suspect in a series of sexual assaults as resembling Ice Cube after a television station aired one of the rapper's videos during its evening newscast.
Police are searching for a man who sexually assaulted three woman in Wicker Park, a trendy neighborhood on the city's North Side.
A police alert Sunday described the suspect as a black male in his mid-20s who "resembles the popular rap artist Ice Cube.''
On Monday night, Chicago CBS station WBBM showed an Ice Cube music video when it reported the story.
"We acknowledged the information should not have been on the alert,'' police spokesman David Bayless said Tuesday. "We took immediate corrective action. We apologize to Ice Cube for what was an honest mistake and came with no ill intent.''
The community alert was reissued without a reference to the 34-year-old, whose real name is O'Shea Jackson.
The rapper-actor had begun filming "Barbershop 2,'' the sequel to last summer's surprise hit "Barbershop,'' in Chicago on Monday. Cast members were watching as WBBM-TV broadcast the video, said Matt Labov, a spokesman for Ice Cube.
"This is an unfortunate and hurtful situation for Ice Cube,'' Labov said. "That his good name ever came up in association with the events currently taking place in Chicago's Wicker Park area is damaging to Ice Cube as a father, husband and artist.''
Both the police department and the TV station have since apologized, Labov said.
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