The musician documented the incident on Twitter.
Former Fugees member Wyclef Jean has said he was handcuffed by police in Los Angeles in a case of mistaken identity.
The Grammy award-winning musician documented the incident on Twitter, posting a video of him being held by two officers next to a police car at around 1am local time (8am GMT).
“Another case of mistaken identity,” Wyclef , 47, wrote, adding: “Black man with a red bandana robbed a gas station as I was in the studio working but im in handcuffs?”
The Haiti-born singer claimed he was stopped by the Los Angeles Police Department but was actually detained by sheriff’s deputies in neighbouring West Hollywood, with the LAPD saying they “were not involved” in the incident.
Several hours after posting the video, Wyclef posted a further series of tweets explaining what had happened.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida told The Associated Press that Wyclef’s clothing and vehicle matched the description of a suspect in an armed robbery.
She said he was detained for a “short time” and then released. The suspects were later arrested.