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McCarthy escorted out of Ethiopian church

Feb. 9, 2010 at 8:08 PM   |   Comments

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Andrew McCarthy says he was escorted by a guard at gunpoint out of Ethiopia's Lalibela church after leaving his admission ticket at his hotel.

The 47-year-old "Pretty in Pink" and "Lipstick Jungle" star said the incident happened while he was researching an article for the travel magazine Afar, People.com reported.

"His gun (was) pointed at my back," McCarthy wrote in the issue of the magazine that went on sale Tuesday. "I thought his reaction to my offense was extreme; I tried to say as much. He grunted something in Amharic and prodded me with the tip of his rifle."

Some people outside the church helped convince the guard to free him, People.com said.

"(It) was just the kind of thing that happens when you show up alone in a distant country without a plan," McCarthy wrote.

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