"I'm a movie star," explained Shah Rukh Khan to immigration officials at a New Jersey airport, according to Press Trust of India news agency
The actor was questioned for two hours before he was released. Khan said he was detained because his name came up on a computer list at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.
Khan was able to contact a lawmaker in India who was able to get in touch with American officials that would be able to release him. After that process, embassy officials let him go.
Spokesperson for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Jen Friedberg declined any comment.
Khan, who has appeared in more than 70 motion pictures and is a very popular icon in India, was all over televisions in his homeland due to this recent conflict.
United States Ambassador to India Timothy Roemer said, "the U.S. Embassy was trying to ascertain the facts of the case - to understand what took place. Shah Rukh Khan, the actor and global icon, is a very welcome guest in the United States. Many Americans love his films."
Bollywood actor Sah Rukh Khan was in the United States to promote his new film My Name is Khan