Ross Lookalike Appears In Court For Theft Charges
Abdulah Husseni - who you may remember from the media frenzy surrounding a Ross from Friends doppelganger accused of theft - has pleaded not guilty for theft and fraud charges during a hearing at Preston Crown Court, having appeared via video link from Wormwood Scrubs prison.
According to the Lancashire Evening Post, the charges relate to a coat, mobile phone and wallet being stolen from a restaurant in Blackpool on Thursday 20 September.
Judge Beverley Lunt set a trial date of July 4.
According to 5 News' Julian Druker, the scenes at Preston Crown Court did address the elephant in the room.
Judge Beverley Lunt reportedly asked: "Is this the Ross from Friends case?"
Joe Allman, prosecuting, then replied: "It is The One with the Doppelgänger, your honour."
Druker also tweeted: "Update: Ross lookalike, defendant Abdulah Husseini (appearing via video link) started to giggle and put his hand over his mouth, following the exchange."
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Back in October, Blackpool Police shared a still from CCTV footage in which a David Schwimmer-lookalike was apparently nicking a crate of beer, asking the internet: "Do you recognise this man? We want to speak to him in relation to a theft at a Blackpool restaurant on the 20th September."
But as you can imagine, within on time at all the comments thread on the Facebook post became riddled with Friends references, with everything thinking the same thing.
"Could he BE any more like Ross," one person commented.
"Clearly stole the cans when the security guard was ON A BREAK!!" another quipped.
Someone else managed to nail it with The One With The Unagi Reference, which said: "Please approach with caution. He is known to have studied Karate and we believe he has mastered the art of Unagi, the state of total awareness."
In a later update, Blackpool Police also joined in on the joke, commenting: "Thank you to everyone for your speedy responses. We have investigated this matter thoroughly and have confirmed that David Schwimmer was in America on this date. We're so sorry it has to be this way."
Officers, I swear it wasn't me.
As you can see, I was in New York.
To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation.#itwasntme pic.twitter.com/EDFF9dZoYR
- schwim (@DavidSchwimmer) October 24, 2018
Even Friends actor David Schwimmer got involved, tweeting the hashtag #itwasntme and writing: "Officers, I swear it wasn't me. As you can see, I was in New York. To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation."
He accompanied the tweet with a video clip of him pretending to steal cans of beer from another store in New York. Lolz.
Husseni was arrested last month after failing to appear in court on 18 December to face accusations of theft and four charges of fraud.
A new warrant for his arrest was then issued, which led to his arrest in Wimbledon.
Featured Image Credit: Blackpool Police