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Oscars 2012: Sacha Baron Cohen drops ‘Kim Jong Il’s ashes’ on Ryan Seacrest

After a week of speculation, Sacha Baron DID arrive at the 2012 Oscars dressed as his new fictional alter-ego Admiral Aladeen - aka The Dictator - and promptly caused a scene on the red carpet.

The funnyman was carrying an urn supposedly holding 'the ashes of Kim Jong Il'.

See the incident below.

Watch Sacha Baron Cohen tipping ash on Ryan Seacrest at this year's Oscars


During his interview with host Ryan Seacrest he dropped the ashes on the E! News presenter, before he was seemingly bundled away by security.

He said it was the dead North Korean dictator's "dream to come to the Oscars and to be sprinkled on the red carpet - and on Halle Berry's chest again".

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Prior to this, Cohen said he was wearing an outfit designed by John Galliano, but "socks from Kmart" because: "As my friend Saddam Hussein once said to me 'socks are socks - don't waste money'".

He also said: "Death to the west".

Ashes to ashes... Sacha Baron Cohen as The Dicator

Oscar producers performed a U-turn and allowed Cohen to appear at this year's award ceremony dressed as his General Aladeen character, following a prior snub.

Earlier this week it emerged Cohen wanted to appear in character at the ceremony. Oscar bosses have strict rules about plugging films at the event, so, according to Deadline.com, they told Cohen they would take away his ticket unless he dropped the stunt. He was due to appear because he starred in nominated film 'Hugo'.

He then appeared in character in a video online and said: "On behalf of the nation of Wadiya, I am outraged at being banned from the Oscars by the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Zionists.

"While I applaud the academy for taking away my right to free speech, I warn you that if you do not lift your sanctions and give me my tickets back by 12pm on Sunday, you will face unimaginable consequences."

He berates them for not nominating films like: "classic Wadiyan films such as 'When Harry Kidnapped Sally', 'You've Got Mailbomb' or 'Planet Of The Rapes'".

He adds: "On top of all of this, I paid Hilary Swank $2million to be my date and she will not refund a penny. My Sunday calendar is now as empty as a North Korea grocery store.

"But whatever happens, I still plan to attend director Brett Ratner's afterparty since it's impossible to catch herpes twice. Death to the West, death to America and good luck Billy Crystals - fantastic!"

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