A KIM JONG-UN impersonator says he was dragged out of the Winter Olympics by "North Korean heavies" after turning up in character and dancing in front of regime cheerleaders.
Photos taken today show the lookalike – who is notorious for appearing at public events dressed as the despot – waving to the country's cheerleader team at a united Korea hockey game against Japan.
Impersonator Howard today exclusively told The Sun: "I was actually late to the game. When I arrived, I went straight over to the North Korean cheerleaders and waving the flag and supporting them on and clapping.
"They looked really surprised and shocked. Some of them laughed, and got it, but most of them were totally shocked and I was told to sit down by a few heavies.
"After that a few heavies rushed over really p***ed off and I suspect they were North Korean delegates, just by the way they were dressed. I can't confirm, but (they were) most likely North Korean.
"They dragged me out and they kicked me in the shins and were shouting something really angrily in Korean."
Chinese-Australian Howard, who is in his late 30s and based in Hong Kong, previously appeared last month in Hong Kong alongside a Donald Trump lookalike.
In previous years, he also popped up at the Rio Olympics and the Hong Kong Sevens – where he claims his costume was so popular he kissed more than 40 women.
Having developed a huge and dedicated following, he also has Facebook and Instagram pages dedicated to his public appearances.
Today said he was detained by cops beneath the stands for around half an hour.
Police told him this was for his "own safety".
He added: "They said we've got to wait for the North Korean team to leave before we let you go out.
"I said who decides what goes on in South Korea? North Korea? Or South Korea?
He told them: "If you don't like my face there's nothing you can do about it – I was born this way."
"I eventually got released after half an hour and that was it and as soon as I got out there was a bunch of reporters asking me questions.
"I thought I'd turn up in character and give the games a little bit more spice, after all, South Korea is a democracy, with freedom of speech and I think we need to satirise the whole situation."
In North Korea, anyone impersonating of a member of the ruling Kim family would be considered blasphemous.
Images of the North Korean leadership are tightly choreographed and controlled by the reclusive nation's state propagandists.
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