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Joan Rivers 'Held Hostage' in Costa Rica

1/4/2010 3:42 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Joan Rivers claims she was "held hostage" by airport security in Costa Rica yesterday -- all because of a name from her past.

Joan Rivers 'Held Hostage' in Costa Rica

The drama unfolded after an airport official checked out Joan's passport and became suspicious when he noticed it read "Joan Rosenberg AKA Joan Rivers."

Joan claims she tried explaining her late husband's name was Ed Rosenberg -- but the official found the whole thing fishy and gave away her seat on a flight back to Newark. Joan was pissed.

We're told police were called to the scene -- but Joan never got her seat back.

Rivers claims she was forced to put herself up in a hotel overnight to wait for another flight out this morning.

We're told the passport situation was eventually resolved and this morning Joan got on a plane -- but as you could imagine ... she ain't happy about it.

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oh yaaaaaaaaaaa    

omg, is it just me, but the celeb news is off to a boring start, where is Jon and his in depth thoughts or Heidi and Spencer with theirs????????? geez

1661 days ago
17.

Q    

Edgar still haunting her from the Grave...that coward of a husband of hers committed suicide, leaving no note, no sign he would, just did it while his daughter was still a teenager...she used to joke about Edgar all the time while he was alive, then she spent years bad mouthing the guy after he did the suicide stunt...Edgar Rosenberg still haunting her---maybe its the Karma she whipped up on her own.

She is obviously no longer liked, respected or relevant. Another non practicing Jew running through life claiming she's Jewish when in fact she hasnt stepped foot in a Temple in half a lifetime. She isnt Jewish---she's just self serving and a lout.

1661 days ago
18.

Cal    

How is this news? Who cares?

1661 days ago
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maria    

Great. Don't bother checking to see whether people are on terrorist watch lists or anything, just hold back any actor, writer, sports figure or other celebrity who dares to use their legal instead of stage name. Nice work Cost Rica airport police. I feel so much safer.

1661 days ago
20.

Not a liberal sissy    

Good, that old bitch deserves it. I wish I was there to laugh in her face when she was throwing a tantrum. I hate that old bag.

1661 days ago
21.

jackschitt    

Too bad they didn't put a bullet in this worthless pig's head.

1661 days ago
22.

moveover    

The Costa Rican Airport Security are my new heroes. Too bad they couldn't have held her there indefinitely.

1661 days ago
23.

blue pen    

Great start to 2010! Keep her!!! Feed her to the locals!

1661 days ago
24.

Master    

i wish they would have kept her... i can't stand her or her loud mouth daughter..

1661 days ago
25.

Hmm    

Ahhh dumb ass! "held hostage" ahahahaha bitch you are crazy.
Good thing you are out of my country!! dont ever come back!
I wonder what her passport pic is like.

1661 days ago
26.

Jake    

What a gaggle of viscous nut-cases on this site TODAY. What a gathering of hate-mongers.

She should have been pissed, and they should NOT have given her seat away. But you can expect this kind of treatment in OBama's world. there will be more of this arriving daily while he and his moll live the high life polluting the eviro with CO2 flying back and forth to Hawaii to play.......at our expense

1661 days ago
27.

Angel    

Finally, airport security did something right! Now if they will just keep you:)

1661 days ago
28.

Cracker_Jack    

She should have went to Panama.

Joan, my Aunt went to Panama for plastic surgery, and loved it! She went through PatientAbroad.com

1661 days ago
29.

J    

I feel sorry for the poor sap that had to sit next to her on the way back......

Besides, what does she have to rush home to?

Please...

1661 days ago
30.

For Sure    

He must have been a Michael Jackson fan !!!!!lmao!!! They should have kept her there....

1661 days ago
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