Arnold Schwarzenegger, a famous actor and ex-Governor of California, was briefly held at Munich airport on January 17, 2024.
He was stopped because he didn’t declare a luxury watch he was wearing.
Schwarzenegger flew in from Los Angeles and was stopped during a regular check.
Customs officials found an expensive, unregistered watch on his wrist.
Schwarzenegger said he planned to donate the watch to a charity auction for his climate initiative in Austria the next day.
He was detained for about three hours as officials looked into it. He tried to pay the import fees immediately, but there were problems with the credit card system, which caused a delay.
The problem was solved, and Schwarzenegger was allowed to continue his trip after promising to pay the taxes and fees later.
German officials started criminal tax actions against Schwarzenegger for not declaring the watch when he arrived.
If found guilty, he could be fined or even convicted. This incident has started discussions about celebrity privileges and the importance of following customs rules.
Schwarzenegger has said sorry for any trouble caused and restated his support for his climate project.
The watch is a limited-edition piece, with only 500 made.
It has a black ceramic case, rubber band, and an 18-karat white gold movement.