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I'm A Celebrity star Andrew Maxwell was once detained at gunpoint in Area 51 and had his camera equipment seized by military officials while filming for his BBC Three documentary.
The 44-year-old Irish comedian, who has been working on the TV series Conspiracy Road Trip back in 2012, was stopped by military guards when he led a group of UFO fanatics into the secretive wasteland out in the Nevada desert.
In the episode, Andrew and his companions take pictures of themselves grinning as they pose next to the boundary sign that marks the start of Area 51.
"To me it seemed like an ordinary military facility. But my companions were convinced this was he gateway to the extraterrestrials," Andrew told the camera.
Andrew Maxwell was detained at gunpoint by military guards after straying into Area 51
The daring brigade of conspiracists then strayed into the actual remit of Area 51 – prompting the guards to come down hard on the trespassers.
"We got a little bit overexcited, and we strayed into the restricted zone to ask where the aliens were kept," Andrew revealed.
"But after knocking on the guard house door, we found ourselves lying on the ground, with gun barrels pointed at our heads."
The military officials confiscated the group's cameras and other equipment, and held them for four hours before releasing them without charge.
As there was no recorded footage to air, the group's selfies and phone pictures was the only evidence they had to show they'd been to Area 51.
The I'm A Celebrity star trespassed into the secretive zone
Andrew became the third star in the I'm A Celebrity 2019 line-up this weekend when he touched down at Brisbane airport.
After landing, he told photographers he wouldn't take his sunglasses off as "no one will know who I am anyway".
Asked about what he was scared of he said: "Snakes but I am going to fight them.
"We don't have snakes in Ireland and you should never trust an animal without shoulders who can't shrug."
Others names already in Australia to go on the ITV jungle are US reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner and former footballer Ian Wright.
Andrew arriving at Brisbane airport this weekend ready for I'm A Celeb
It comes just two months after Reddit launched a fake raid on the shadowy zone in order to force the US government to reveal what they're allegedly hiding there.
Area 51 has long been the stuff of conspiracy and legend, with many theorists believing the military keeps evidence of aliens and UFOs in the top-secret facilities.
Authorities had been aware that a group of internet users were planning to storm the site in September to try and catch a glimpse of evidence that aliens are kept and tested in the military zone.
Rumours of a mass invasion at the base stemmed from a cancelled Facebook event, Storm Area 51, which had over two million Facebook users listed as attending.
Area 51 is a classified remote part of the US Air Force's Edwards Air Force base
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The US Airforce issued a stark message warning any Area 51 stormers off trying to access unauthorised areas at their own peril.
After years of denying it even existed, the CIA was finally forced to acknowledge Area 51 in 2013 following a Freedom of Information request filed years earlier.
The official history revealed little to delight sci-fi enthusiasts, as it described the facility, officially called Groom Lake, as an open training range and experimental aircraft testing base.
In an earlier statement to the Washington Post on the Storm Area 51 event, an Airforce spokeswoman added: "(Area 51) is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces.
"The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets."