Morrissey Vs. The Police

ROME, Italy (CelebrityAccess) — The singer Morrissey claimed on Wednesday that he had been accosted by an Italian police office who held him at gunpoint for more than 30 minutes on a busy street.

According to The Guardian, the former Smiths frontman was in the Italian capital to record an album when he was detained by a police officer who Morrissey claims unholstered his gun and “screamed into my face” as a crowd of more than 100 people watched.

Morrissey’s nephew Sam Esty Rayner, who often travels with Moz took photos of the event, and posted an image purporting to show the officer on Facebook.

In a subsequent statement published by the Guardian, Morrissey accused the officer of a “deliberate act of terror”, adding “I believe he recognised me and wanted to frighten me. I did not back down even though I believed he was about to shoot me.”

Italian police had a different version of the events to offer and in a report by La Repubblica, Rome's police state that they stopped Morrissey and his nephew for speeding down a one-way street and said that the singer and his nephew were unable to provide a driver's license and other travel documents.