The Ross lookalike has appeared in court on theft charges


You probably remember the frenzy when Ross from Friends was arrested. Well, it wasn't Ross from Friends but it did look like him soooo...

His name is Abdulah Husseni and he was accused of theft. He's now pleaded not guilty for theft and fraud charges during a hearing at Preston Crown Court, having appeared via video link from Wormwood Scrubs prison.

According to the Lancashire Evening Post, the charges relate to a coat, mobile phone and wallet being stolen from a restaurant in Blackpool on Thursday 20 September.

Judge Beverley Lunt set a trial date of July 4.

Hilariously, the elephant in the room was addressed. 

Judge Beverley Lunt reportedly asked: "Is this the Ross from Friends case?"

Joe Allman, prosecuting, then replied: "It is The One with the Doppelgänger, your honour."

The defedant reportedly "started to giggle and put his hand over his mouth, following the exchange."

Back in October, Blackpool Police shared a still from CCTV footage in which a David Schwimmer-lookalike was apparently nicking a crate of beer, asking the internet: "Do you recognise this man? We want to speak to him in relation to a theft at a Blackpool restaurant on the 20th September."

In a later update, Blackpool Police also joined in on the joke, commenting: "Thank you to everyone for your speedy responses. We have investigated this matter thoroughly and have confirmed that David Schwimmer was in America on this date. We're so sorry it has to be this way."

Even Friends actor David Schwimmer got involved, tweeting the hashtag #itwasntme and writing: "Officers, I swear it wasn't me. As you can see, I was in New York. To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation."

Husseni was arrested last month after failing to appear in court on 18 December to face accusations of theft and four charges of fraud. A new warrant for his arrest was then issued, which led to his arrest in Wimbledon.