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Kim lookalike at Games triggers melee

A Kim Jong Un lookalike who has been making mischief at the Pyeongchang Olympics danced in front of North Korea’s female cheerleading team before being nabbed and hauled off by police yesterday.

The Kim impersonator, wearing thick-rimmed glasses and dressed in all black, sparked anger when he waved at the famed “army of beauties” at an ice hockey game between the joint Korea team and Japan.

Many of the cheerleaders giggled nervously and waved back, but when the fake Kim broke into an impromptu jig all hell broke loose.

Within seconds, he was tackled by three burly security officials, thought to be North Korean, before being frog-marched by police to a room inside the arena.

“I walked past the cheerleaders and waved but then three rough-looking guys, not in uniform who I suspect were North Koreans, came out of nowhere and grabbed me by the arm,” said the Kim double, who goes by the stage name Howard X.

“When I waved the unified Korean flag at them they got really pissed off and started kicking me in the shins.”

After getting into a shouting match with the men, the Kim lookalike pointed out he could not be arrested simply for looking like North Korea’s leader. “If you don’t like my face there’s nothing you can do about it — I was born this way,” he protested.

However, Games security took a dim view and he was taken away by police officers.

“They didn’t arrest me, I was detained,” he said. “I didn’t break any law. It took them a while to get a translator but they said it was for my own safety because some conservative people (at the venue) didn’t appreciate my presence.”

“Kim” also caused a stir at last Friday’s opening ceremony in Pyeongchang.

On that occasion he and a Donald Trump lookalike sauntered nonchalantly past an accredited media section in a bid to get near to the athletes.




 

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