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What was Andrew McCarthy doing in Ethiopia?

Andrew McCarthy (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)

Hmmm. Andrew McCarthy -- yes, the Brat Pack actor -- was detained by a gunman in Ethiopia . . . while on assignment for a new travel magazine.

Apparently a travel writer when not acting, McCarthy got a gig with Afar magazine, part of a series in which writers are assigned countries by a spin of the globe. In the holy city of Lalibela, he wandered into an ancient church, without his admission ticket, and was rousted out by a gunman, who seemed ready to shoot or jail him or something until friendly locals intervened. So he writes in the issue about to hit stands.

Hmmm. Tell us the truth, Afar. Did you conspire to have an '80s teen icon killed to promote your new magazine?

"No, we didn't think there was going to be anything dangerous about Ethiopia," insisted senior editor Derk Richardson. "We don't want Andrew McCarthy's blood on our hands."

By The Reliable Source  |  February 9, 2010; 1:00 AM ET
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Very sad to just label someone "gunman," he was a government guard protecting 11th century Christian shrine in holy town of Lalibela, part of UN world heritage site.

The real question should be why Andrew McCarthy feels he has special rights to trespass on other people's culture and religion.

Posted by: AdvTrek | February 10, 2010 5:24 AM | Report abuse

I want to see proof he put a gun to his back. I've been to Lalibela. The people are very friendly there.

Posted by: justrezzz | February 10, 2010 6:29 AM | Report abuse

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