Hungarian police deny plans to question Brad Pitt over gun seizure

Other News Materials 14 October 2011 15:23 (UTC +04:00)

Hungary's National Bureau of Investigation denied reports Friday that it plans to question US movie star Brad Pitt over the seizure this week of almost 100 guns destined for his film set, dpa reported.

"There is currently no data that would justify questioning Brad Pitt in relation to the seized weapons," spokesman Laszlo Bartha told the state news agency MTI.

The local tabloid newspaper Blikk had reported "there is a large probability" that Pitt, currently filming in Hungary, would be hauled in for questioning as a witness in the case.

Commandos from Hungary's Anti-Terrorism Centre seized the consignment of weapons, imported from Britain, during a dawn raid on a bonded warehouse at Budapest Airport on Monday.

The director of the centre told reporters later that day that the guns could be reactivated and are classified as "live" weapons under Hungarian law.

However, a Hungarian weapons expert who arranged the import for Pitt's film crew said on Tuesday that the guns were covered by a police permit. Bela Gajdos said they had been altered and could only fire blanks.

Pitt, 47, is in the Hungarian capital for the filming of the zombie horror flick "World War Z", produced by his own company Plan B Entertainment.

Hollywood film stars have become an increasingly common sight in Hungary since the opening of several large studio complexes around the capital in recent years.