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Chinese comic joking before court

A POPULAR Chinese comedian and former judge on TV’s “China’s Got Talent” has appeared in a US court on weapons and drugs charges.

Zhou Libo, a Shanghai native, appeared playful and jovial, joking with more than a dozen reporters from Chinese media outlets before and after a brief appearance in a Nassau County courtroom on Friday.

At one point before he went into court, Zhou smiled broadly as he joined other reporters in taking cellphone video of his attorney’s briefing to the media.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a January 19 arrest in the exclusive village of Lattingtown, east of New York City on what is known as Long Island’s “gold coast.”

Police said officers stopped a black Mercedes that Zhou was driving shortly after midnight because “it was being driven erratically and the operator was using a cellphone.”

They said 49-year-old Zhou had a passenger with him.

Officers said they noticed a shoulder holster in the back seat and found a loaded pistol and two bags containing crack cocaine inside a backpack. He and the passenger were arrested.

Attorney Hugh Mo declined to comment on the allegations after the case was adjourned to June 9. “He’s taking the charges seriously,” Mo said.

“He does have confidence in the judicial system; he does have confidence in his lawyer; he does have confidence in the fact that hopefully at the end of the day we’re going to come out and hopefully resolve this to his satisfaction.”

Authorities have not said why Zhou was in the ritzy community near Long Island Sound on the night of his arrest.

He is believed to have a residence in Alpine, New Jersey.

Last July, Zhou performed his standup routine at New York’s Carnegie Hall.


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