Customs officials searched Sylvester Stallone’s hotel room and private jet three days after seizing banned substances from the muscle-bound actor’s entourage as he arrived for a promotional tour, a news report said.
Stallone’s plane was searched on the tarmac at Sydney airport Monday, Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph reported, without citing sources.
Officials are still examining substances collected from Stallone’s entourage to determine whether further action would be taken, the newspaper said.
“When leaving Australia they checked his room, his limo and his plane. They didn’t find anything,” Stallone’s Los Angeles-based publicist, Paul Bloch, said Tuesday.
Bloch said Stallone, 60, arrived in Australia by commercial plane Friday to promote his latest film, “Rocky Balboa,” and officials examined his luggage.
“There was a minor misunderstanding,” Bloch said. “They were doing their job. He didn’t know the rules in Australia.”
Bloch said he didn’t know what authorities were looking for or what, if anything, was confiscated.
Stallone and several people traveling with him were detained after their arrival Friday. Richard Janeczko, national investigations manager of Australian Customs Service, said some contraband items were taken, but didn’t identify them.
The actor-director left Monday for Thailand to work on the fourth installment of the “Rambo” movie series.
“Sly said the customs people were very polite. They could not have been nicer. They were being careful of everyone coming in. He had a lot of luggage with him because he was going on to shoot in Thailand,” Bloch said. “Sly reiterated they were respectful and said it was a very good stay in Australia.”
“They never indicated what they were looking for,” Bloch said. “He thought they were just doing their job properly.”
Besides illicit drugs, Australia prohibits the unlicensed importation of a wide range of steroids and performance-enhancing substances for sporting use. Penalties for possession of such substances can range from fines to prison terms.