Lil Jon Claims He Was Detained in Vietnam for His Jewelry
Lil Jon has released a statement to XXL about his recent detainment in Vietnam.
“I was detained for about six hours because of my jewelry, which was also temporarily seized. I was not aware that, when arriving, you have to declare any jewelry [gold, diamonds, rubies, etc.] that exceeds $12,000 US dollars... and the jewelry I had with me was worth over $400,000. Immediately I told someone traveling with me to call the U.S. Embassy when it started to look like I wouldn’t be able to leave the country until the situation was resolved. U.S. Embassy reps came to the airport and we had a formal meeting with myself, them, and representatives from the Vietnamese government."
He continues, "They agreed to let me go with a warning in good faith between the Vietnamese government and the U.S. government. After it was resolved, I caught the next flight to Macau for my show [that night] for the F1 Rac. I really wanna thank the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam again. It’s amazin’ to know that no matter where I travel in the world, if something happens...the U.S. Embassy’s got their citizens’ back! I’m super grateful to them.”
Lil Jon's expensive taste recently caused some issues for the producer/rapper while he was traveling through Vietnam.
On Friday night (Nov. 15), Jon claims he was stopped and detained for his jewelry. He shared the evidence of the incident via his Instagram story.
"Vietnam got me hemmed up over my iceeeee smh," he posted along with a photo of a desk and chair.
The next photo the Atlanta-native shared showed his jewelry laid out on display, while three men appear to be talking. Jon posted "BRUHHHHHH" on the photo along with a surprised emoji.
It appears Lil Jon was able to get out. Several hours later, he updated fans on the situation.
"Got detained n Vietnam and had to call the U.S. Embassy to come to my rescue," he posted along with a photo with the people who assisted in his release. "Thanks to these two for getting me out."
It appears Jon was able to make it out in time to make his gig at Club Cubic in Zhuhai, China.
Lil Jon knows a little bit about too much ice. Back in 2007, he set the Guinness World Record for largest diamond pendant with his King of Crunk chain. Costing $500,000, the chain is 7.5 inches tall and weighs 5.11 pounds. It featured 73 diamond carats.
Jon was released following the mix-up in Vietnam on the 15th anniversary of Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz's Crunk Juice album.
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