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19 arrested for sneaking into Academy Awards

March 8, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The Academy Awards is Hollywood's biggest event of the year as the world's best-known film award ceremony. With some of the most famous names in entertainment attending, it's no surprise that 19 people were arrested for sneaking onto the red carpet.

In 1997, Dee Thompson crashed the Academy Awards. He wrote a book called "How I Went to the Oscars Without a Ticket."

"They're probably trying to get their 15 minutes of fame and see if they can test the security, I'm sure," said Thompson about the recent Oscar-crashers.

"They're probably copy-catting. They've probably heard all those stories of things that's going on in the world like in the White House, because I get that same feedback," Thompson said.

Thompson is referring to Tareq and Michaele Salahi, who allegedly conned their way into President Barack Obama's first State dinner last year, getting past White House security teams and Secret Service agents.

The people who worked their way into the Academy Awards included nine men from Germany who wore fake MTV credentials. Two men from Texas also managed to get past security by claiming they have tickets to the ceremony.

Thompson said that times and attitudes have changed in the 13 years since he's snuck into the Oscars and he warns against trying.

"These days, security is I would say 10, 20 maybe even 30 times greater. Don't even think about it because you're going to go to jail, you're going to be prosecuted and you can get hurt in that process," advised Thompson.

Six of the 19 who were picked up were caught in the Kodak Theatre after the event by workers who were cleaning up. The LAPD says all 19 were detained and then released.