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Maggie Lindemann arrested during Malaysia performance

/ 05:24 PM July 06, 2019

American pop star Maggie Lindemann was arrested during a performance in Malaysia for failing to have proper permits, officials said Friday, July 5 with the singer describing the experience as a “living hell.”

Maggie Lindemann

Maggie Lindemann. Image: Instagram/@maggielindemann

The 20-year-old “Pretty Girl” singer, who found fame after posting videos on social media, was doing a show at a Kuala Lumpur shopping mall on June 21 when she was detained.

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“I’m sorry to the fans that came out to the Malaysia show,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “I was detained and arrested midway through my set and… confined in a living hell.”

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Kuala Lumpur immigration chief Hamidi Adam said she was arrested for failing to have the correct permit for an artist performing in Malaysia.

Immigration officers detained her after a tip-off and she was released the following day, he said.

“She wants to do a show in our country, she has to apply for a professional visit pass,” he told Agence France-Presse.

“But the organizer did not listen to advice and they proceeded with the show.”

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The singer said she was unable to finish her Asian tour, which also included dates in Singapore and Vietnam, after her arrest in Malaysia.

It is the latest case of a visitor to Malaysia falling foul of rules requiring artists to get special permits.

On June 30, three Japanese women and a Spanish man were arrested in a raid on a cosplay festival outside Kuala Lumpur for participating without the correct documents.

The role-playing craze sees enthusiasts imitate characters from anime series, comics and video games, many drawn from Japanese pop culture. RGA

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