‘The gun was pressed in my forehead’: Guy Sebastian breaks silence over the Los Angeles police feud after being mistaken for theft of car thieves
38-year-old Australian singer Guy Sebastian was shot at by multiple police officers in Los Angeles on suspicion of car theft.
The Voice Australia judge remembers putting a knee on his body while a gun was pressed to his forehead.
In an interview with IHeart Radio Countdown from KIIS FM on Sunday, Guy first spoke of his terrifying ordeal to the media.
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‘The gun was pressed in my forehead’: Guy Sebastian describes the shock from the Los Angeles police after he was wrongfully suspected of Grand Theft Auto
The incident, which occurred in 2011 when Guy lived and worked in the United States at the age of 29, was confirmed by his management to Sydney Morning Herald at the time.
Guy said radio host Kian Oliver his car was illegally towed by an untrustworthy company and taken to a secret location without telling him.
The company attempted to exploit a loophole that allowed them to sell confiscated cars that had not been claimed by the owner after three months.
“Suddenly all these cops come at me with guns drawn … because in the system it seems like I’m driving a stolen car”: Guy said he stole his car, and while he was on the phone with the police to warn them that it has been found that he has been shot at by officers
“He had a knee on me … I could feel the gun metal” Guy said he tried to inform the officers that it was a misunderstanding and that he had the correct papers in the front seat, but they refused to allow him stand talking.
In the long time it took him to track down his ‘stolen’ vehicle from the mystery tow company, Guy said he had reported the ‘theft’ diligently to the local police.
When picking up his car from the confiscated property, Guy said he immediately called the police to inform them that the car was no longer missing or stolen.
After being on hold for 45 minutes, Guy decided to drive to a local car wash while waiting to speak to the police.
“It’s a whole different world there”: Guy said that while the ordeal was “full,” he understood that the police must be diligent in apprehending a potential criminal in the United States
“I’m at the car wash washing this car, and all of a sudden all these cops come at me with drawn guns … because to them it seems like I’m driving a stolen car,” said the Battle Scars singer.
Guy tried to inform the officers that it was a misunderstanding and that he had the correct papers in the front seat and was on hold with the police, but they refused to let him speak.
“They told me” shut up and get on the floor “… he also had a knee around me and then he took my phone out of my pocket, threw it and smashed it,” he said.
Flashback! Man attended a red carpet event in Beverly Hills, California in July 2011 – five months after the shock incident
“He actually pressed the gun to my forehead. It was packed. I felt the gun metal, “said Guy, as another officer apparently told him to” relax. “
Guy said he was finally released after his paperwork was checked and cleared, saying he understood why they should act the way they did.
“They are heavy-handed, but they also deal with many things. They deal with heavy-handed criminals, everyone there has a weapon. It is a completely different world there. ‘
Family life: Guy now lives in Sydney with wife Jules Sebastian, 40, and sons Hudson, eight, and Archer, six