Homeland star 'sat on by six police officers' during 'terrifying' sectioning

Homeland star 'sat on by six police officers' during 'terrifying' sectioning

David Harewood has recalled the moment that he was sectioned in 1989 and said that he was “terrified” during the ordeal.

The 54-year-old Homeland star said that he was given a large dose of sedatives and sat on by police officers after he had arrived at hospital.

Speaking to Men’s Health magazine, David said that no one told him what had happened to him or what his prognosis would be.

He said that he passed out he was taken to hospital in north London where he “jumped out of the car” and ran inside.

David Harewood as David Estes in season 2 of Homeland
David Harewood as David Estes in season 2 of Homeland

David said: “I started screaming at the top of my voice.

“I don’t remember any of this, but my friends tell me that security was called.

“They came down, took one look at me – this big black man – and said, ‘No way'”.

He continued: “They called the police and then several officers turned up with riot shields and rushed me.”

They then “sat on me for hours”, he said, adding: “Doctors pumped me full of sedatives and, at one point, they asked, ‘Has he taken any drugs? Because we’ve given him enough sedatives to knock out a horse and he’s not going down’.

“I was f***ing terrified. The thoughts in my head were telling me that the demons had caught me, so I thought I was fighting for my life.”

David Harewood recalled the “terrifying” ordeal

David continued: “Physically, what was happening to me was that six policemen were sitting on me.

“But in my mind, the devils had caught me, so I was resisting.”

He added that “I’d be dead if I’d been in America, no doubt about it”.

Last year’s BBC Two documentary David Harewood: Psychosis And Me saw the actor look back on his experience of being sectioned at the age of 23.

*Read the full interview in the November issue of Men’s Health, on sale from Tuesday.

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