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05/01/2019 18:33 EDT | Updated 05/01/2019 18:50 EDT

Sephora Says It Takes SZA's Complaint That Security Was Called On Her 'Seriously'

"Profiling on the basis of race is not tolerated at Sephora," the company said in a statement.

After singer SZA tweeted that security had been called on her during her recent visit to Sephora in Calabasas, California, the company says it’s taking her complaint “very seriously.” 

On Wednesday, Sephora stated that it was looking into an incident involving the “Ctrl” singer. 

“We have been informed of an incident at our Calabasas store and in addition to reaching out to SZA directly, we are gathering more information about the incident in order to take the proper next steps,” a statement sent via e-mail to HuffPost read.

It continued, “We take complaints like this very seriously, profiling on the basis of race is not tolerated at Sephora. Our purpose has always been rooted in our people and ensuring that Sephora is an inclusive and welcoming space for all our clients.”

On Tuesday evening, SZA tweeted that someone who she dubbed “Sandy Sephora” had called security on her to make sure she “wasn’t stealing.”

“We had a long talk,” the singer-songwriter wrote. “U have a blessed day Sandy.”

It’s not exactly clear whether the person who apparently called security is employed with the company. A representative for SZA didn’t immediately return HuffPost’s request for further comment. 

SZA’s tweet sparked conversation on Twitter Wednesday, over the long history of racial discrimination and profiling black people continue to face in various settings. 

“Struggles of being black.. [I’m] sorry you had to go thru this humiliating situation baby, hope you are ok,” one Twitter user wrote

The Twitter account for Sephora also responded to the Grammy-nominated singer’s tweet, acknowledging that SZA once worked at Sephora

“You are a part of the Sephora family, and we are committed to ensuring every member of our community feels welcome and included at our stores,” the tweet read. 

SZA later referenced her efforts to buy products from Rihanna’s makeup line Fenty at Sephora tweeting, “Can a bitch cop her fenty in peace er whut.”