Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan was reportedly detained by immigration authorities for over two hours at a New York airport Thursday.
Khan arrived on a private plane along with Nita Ambani to visit Yale University where he was honored as a Chubb Fellow.
Nita, wife of Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, and the rest of their group were cleared immediately. However, Khan was released after two hours when his hosts interfered and took up the issue with the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, the Economics Times reported quoting sources.
Khan later attended a reception and dinner at Timothy Dwight College at New Haven Connecticut with Yale students as a part of the Yale Chubb Fellowship, before taking a return flight Thursday night.
Before addressing the Yale University students, Khan said that he was detained at the airport as always happens.
The actor also said that he was detained because he had a Muslim name. However, the US immigration officials denied Khan's detention news and said that he was questioned.
Khan was very very upset over the episode, the CNN-IBN channel reported, quoting unnamed sources.
Earlier in 2009, Khan was detained for two hours at Newark airport and was released after India's embassy in the US interfered.
I was really hassled at the American Airport because of my name being Khan...It was absolutely uncalled for...I felt angry and humiliated, Khan said in 2009. It is a Muslim name and I think the name is common on their checklist.
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