- The Washington Times - Friday, August 12, 2016

Shah Rukh Khan says he was detained by U.S. Customs last week at Los Angeles International Airport, marking the third time the Bollywood star has been questioned upon arriving in the United States.

“I fully understand & respect security with the way the world is, but to be detained at US immigration every damn time really really sucks,” Mr. Khan tweeted to his 21 million followers Thursday night.

It’s not clear why Mr. Khan, who is Muslim, was detained or for how long.

Although there’s no official statement yet from immigration authorities, Nisha Biswal, U.S. State Department assistant secretary for south and central Asia,  tweeted in response to Mr. Khan: “Sorry for the hassle at the airport, @iamsrk — even American diplomats get pulled for extra screening!”

The U.S. ambassador to India, Rich Verma, also tweeted, “Sorry for the trouble at LAX @iamsrk. We are working to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Your work inspires millions, including in the US.”

Mr. Khan replied, “No trouble sir, respect the protocol & not expecting 2 b above it. It’s just a tad inconvenient. Thx for ur concern.”

In 2009, Mr. Khan was detained at Newark Airport and questioned for over two hours before being allowed entry, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In 2012, he was questioned by officials for over an hour at an airport in White Plains, New York, where he was giving a lecture at Yale University, THR reported.

In the 2012 case, following a wave of international backlash, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Department apologized to the Indian Consulate in Washington for Mr. Khan’s detention, THR reported.

Mr. Khan made a joke of it at the Yale lecture, saying, “Whenever I start feeling too arrogant about myself, I always take a trip to America. The immigration guys kick the star out of stardom,” THR reported.

Mr. Khan’s newest film “Raees” is set for release next year.

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