Terrorist Chatter Sparked Russell
Crowe Security Scare
It's the shocking plot that
has Hollywood on high alert. Oscar winner Russell
Crowe has revealed that he may have been the target
of an Al-Qaeda kidnapping scheme months before
"I didn't make a decision to go public with
that. I had a conversation with somebody and they
used that," Crowe stated during a press conference
Thursday morning in Australia. Russell was reluctant
to talk about the incident, today, but in the
new GQ magazine, Crowe comes clean about the real-life
drama that unfolded during his Oscar run for the
mega hit "Gladiator."
GQ Deputy Editor Michael Hainey told us Crowe
had trouble even comprehending the threat until
FBI agents broke the news. "At first he thought
it was his mates in Australia playing a prank
on him," Hainey explained. "He told
GQ that French intelligence agents were hearing
chatter in North Africa that Russell was going
to be the target of a kidnapping plot."
So why would Crowe be a target of Osama Bin Laden?
Early speculation was it would help the terror
network culturally destabilize the U.S.
Crowe took no chances, immediately beefing up
security and accepting protection from the FBI.
"He kept the bodyguards and the FBI with
him through 'A Beautiful Mind' and, to a lesser
extent, 'Master and Commander,'" Hainey revealed.
But Crowe is no longer living in fear: he's been
told the threats no longer loom.