Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s former head of antiquities, claims he banned Beyonce from visiting the Pyramids after her ‘stupid and rude’ behaviourin 2009
Now, in a new interview with The Independent,66yr old Hawass said …
“Most people I take on tours are very nice and we become friends. But this lady…She said she would come at 3pm but she came late. I said “You have to say I’m sorry I’m late”. But she didn’t open her mouth.I brought a photographer and she also had a photographer and a guard. When my photographer started to shoot, he said “No, Stop! I am the one who says yes or no, not you!”I said: “In that case since you almost hit my photographer and you are not polite – out! I am not giving you the privilege of having you on my tour!” I said Beyoncé was stupid and I left.”
However, Beyonce’s rep told E! News the story was a ‘lie’…saying..
‘This never happened.The last time she was in Egypt was on tour in 2009. Nothing like this happened. Lies and more lies.’
Hawass is a controversial figure who has been criticised for his love of the spotlight.During the interview, he boasted about his fame.
‘People attack me because I am famous. When I took President Obama to Giza, the camel driver recognised me and he asked “But who is the friend of Hawass?” When I gave a lecture at your Dome of the Millennium 1,700 came to hear me. Bill Clinton got 700.’