Former Governor Detained In Munich

Reports suggest legendary actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had a run in with the law after customs authorities in Germany detained him for three hours.

According to the Daily Caller News Foundation, authorities held the actor and former at the Munich airport Wednesday and initiated criminal tax proceedings against him after he failed to properly declare a luxury watch he was traveling with.

According to Page Six, Schwarzenegger had planned to auction the watch at his charity in Kitzbuhel, Austria. Munich’s customs spokesman Thomas Meister told Bild that the actor was detained because he should have registered the watch since it was an import. Reports suggest the watch is from the Swiss brand Audemars Piguet and is worth more than $21,000.

According to Page Six sources, the legendary actor was never asked to fill out a declaration form, and he answered every question from the customs officers honestly.

“He cooperated at every step even though it was an incompetent shakedown, a total comedy of errors that would make a very funny cop movie,” the source said.

Images of the actor taken from the scene showed him smiling and posing for the press and paparazzi while holding up a box that reportedly contained the piece of jewelry.

The whole incident was marred in further drama after the actor agreed to pre-pay any potential taxes on the future sale of the watch. Customs officials, however, had difficulties processing the transaction after the card machine used to process the payment reportedly malfunctioned.

The actor then tried using an ATM to withdraw the payment after an hour of the payment machine refusing to work. The method proved unsuccessful as the ATM could not dispense the amount needed to pay the tax. The bank was also not an option at the time as it was past closing hours for banks in Munich, causing further delay.

“When he returned, a new officer brought a new credit card machine that worked,” the insider source told Page Six.

Sources say the complex process soon got on the legendary actor’s initial calm nerves.

“The Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative will properly report it, as all of Arnold’s non-profits do,” the insider source told the outlet. “His charity auctions raise millions of dollars every year for after-school programs for kids all over the United States and environmental work around the world. “We hope Germany spends as much energy turning around their economy as they do asking for tax payments for people’s property they bring into the country, and we hope next time they don’t make him pay taxes on his suits.”