Sacha Baron Cohen, controversial comedian and star of Borat and Bruno, created chaos at The Oscars last night.
The Cambridge-educated comic arrived at the star-studded event dressed as his latest incarnation 'The Dictator', and clutched a gold-urn that he claimed contained the ashes of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-II.
Cohen then hurled the contents of the urn over E! News presenter and host Ryan Seacrest, and scattered them across the red carpet.
He explained “These are the ashes of my good friend Kim Jomg-II and it was his dream to come to the Oscars and be scattered on the red carpet, and on Halle Barry's chest.”
Ryan Seacrest, who presents “American Idol”, looked shocked and outraged as his tuxedo was covered in white powder. The funnyman was then escorted away by upset security staff, while stars passed at the scene in disbelief.
Cohen then took to the twitter account of his latest character: General Aladeen, and said “VICTORY IS OURS! TODAY OSCAR, TOMORROW OBAMA.”
Cohen is set to release his eagerly anticipated new film “The Dictator”, apparently inspired by Saddam Hussain and Col. Gadaffi later this year.
This is not the first time that Sasha Baron Cohen has courted controversy. At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, the comedian was launched into the air dressed as flamboyant character Bruno and fell into Eminem's lap, who was said to have stormed out angrily.