Australian Kim Jong Un Impersonator Detained In Singapore
A well-known Australian Kim Jong Un lookalike has been questioned by authorities in Singapore.
What you need to know
- Australian Kim Jong Un lookalike Howard X detained in Singapore for two hours.
- The impersonator says he was warned to stay away from Sentosa Island.
- The incident comes ahead of meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.
An Australian Kim Jong-un impersonator has reportedly been detained in Singapore just days out from an historic summit between US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader.
The two leaders' much-anticipated meeting is expected to take place on Tuesday in Singapore at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island after moves to organise talks between the pair last month failed.
Howard X, a well-known Hong Kong-based Kim impersonator, told media he was detained and questioned after arriving at Singapore's Changi Airport, before being allowed into the hard-lined Asian nation.
The fake Kim, who previously worked as an Australian musician, also said his bags were searched at the airport and he was warned to stay away from Sentosa Island and the Shangri-La Hotel.
According to the ABC, Howard X was also asked whether he had been involved in pro-democracy protests in in Hong Kong.
The Kim double is said to have told interrogators that he took part at the Hong Kong demonstration as a musician playing the drums.
“However, I never rioted and don't plan to ever riot. I told him that I … would never do this in Singapore because it is against your rules to protest,” he's quoted as saying.
Howard X has gained mass attention this year for his impressions of the eccentric North Korean leader, including turning up at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics alongside a Donald Trump lookalike.
The duo are reprising their double act in Singapore ahead of this week's historic bi-lateral meeting.