Iowa woman claims man kidnapped her and forced her to watch ‘Roots’

This Black History Month has been particularly interesting and now this story out of Iowa is just wild. A Cedar Rapids man was arrested today after being accused of holding a woman captive and forcing her to watch “Roots.”

Robert Lee Noye, 52, allegedly forced the woman to sit with him at a residence and watch the nine-hour miniseries that chronicles author Alex Haley’s family line, beginning with the capture and enslavement of his ancestor Kunta Kinte.

Noye allegedly made her watch Roots “so she could better understand her racism,” the criminal complaint said., according to The Gazette.

When the woman tried to move, Noye allegedly told her to “remain seated and watch the movie with him or he would kill her and spread her body parts across Interstate 380 on the way to Chicago,” according to the complaint.

Noye is now facing charges of first-degree harassment and false-imprisonment. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had a weapon.

-The Shade Room