Cannes: Psy Impersonator Tricks Festival Organizers, Partygoers

1:58 AM PST 05/23/2013 by Rebecca Ford
FilmMagic
The Psy impersonator at Cannes

A man pretending to be the “Gangnam Style” singer attended several exclusive events at the festival.

Will the real Psy please stand up?

Plenty of celebrities have made their way to Cannes over the past week and a half, but one music star -- who many thought made an appearance -- did not.

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Psy, singer of the hit “Gangnam Style” was spotted all over town, attending festival parties and events and posing for photos with festgoers and other celebrities.

But it turns out that the man was not Psy at all, but rather an imposter using his name and fame to get access to the festival.

“Seems like there's another ME at cannes ... say Hi to him,” tweeted the real Psy on Wednesday. The musician, who did make an appearance in Cannes in January, has been busy in the U.S., attending the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas and visiting Live With Kelly and Michael in New York.

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The fake Psy painted the French town red for two days, enjoying a day at the Martinez beach restaurant, and partying at night at the Carlton hotel.

Photo service FilmMagic posted photos labeling the man Psy as he was escorted by security May 21 to the Martinez hotel. He was wearing a blue blazer, white pants and Psy’s signature sunglasses. The labels on the photos were changed after news broke that the man was an imposter.

Many partygoers also were duped by the man, with plenty of images popping up on Twitter of people posing with the imposter.

Skyfall actress Naomie Harris also fell for the act, tweeting an image of herself posing with faux Psy at the May 21 Chopard party.

Organizers of the fest did not immediately returns THR’s request for comment.

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