Star of ‘Taxi’ arrested for mooning during Cannes film festival

By Agence France-Presse
Monday, May 23, 2011 8:44 EDT
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CANNES, France — Police arrested a French actor for baring his bottom to fans when they asked to take a photograph of him in the movie festival town of Cannes, media and an official said Monday.

Sami Naceri, 49, star of the hit television series “Taxi”, was arrested on Sunday and is in police custody, “accused of displaying an intimate part of his anatomy” in public, said the police official, who asked not to be named.

Police would not describe the offence in detail but the regional newspaper Nice Matin reported that Naceri dropped his trousers and bared his buttocks to a group of young people who asked him for a photo on the Cannes seafront.

The actor has had several run-ins with the law and last month was convicted of a knife attack in 2009. Just last week he was briefly detained in Cannes for insulting police.

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