The Hustle & Flow star recently revealed she decided to transfer her 20-year-old son Marcel to the historically black Howard University in Washington, D.C. instead of USC after claiming he was treated unfairly in two separate incidents with cops in California.

She told Uptown magazine, "My child has been racially profiled. He was in Glendale, California and did exactly everything the cops told him to do, including letting them illegally search his car. It was bogus because they didn't give him the ticket for what he was pulled over for.

"Then he's at University of Southern California, the school that I was going to transfer him to, when police stopped him for having his hands in his pockets... So guess where he's going? Howard University. I'm not paying $50,000 so I can't sleep at night wondering, 'Is this the night my son is getting racially profiled on campus?'"

Now John Thomas, the executive director of USC's Department of Public Safety, has issued a statement in response to Henson's claims, revealing he was "deeply disturbed" when he read news reports about "a prospective student who felt profiled on or near campus because of his race".

He writes, "We encourage reporting of allegations of bias and I hope for the opportunity to have a conversation with the young man and his mother.

"I would like to look into this matter further and better understand who was involved and what took place. As someone who personally experienced racial profiling as a teenager, I have a stake in learning more about this incident and doing all I can to reach a just resolution.

"It is not clear to me which police departments were involved. Any allegation of bias or unequal treatment by university officers would trigger an investigation that I would supervise along with the university's Office of Equity and Diversity. It is my expectation and that of the university that our department uphold the highest standards of constitutional policing, affording equal rights and respect to all persons."

Henson has yet to comment on Thomas' statement.