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SuRie's Eurovision stage invader bailed and awaiting charges, EBU confirms

Wednesday 16th May 2018

The man who invaded the Eurovision stage while UK entry SuRie was singing has been bailed pending charges, the contest’s operator has confirmed.

The singer, real name Susanna Marie Cork, was performing her song Storm live from Lisbon, Portugal when a man wearing a bandana and t-shirt with a slogan promoting his book jumped on stage and snatched her microphone.

A statement from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), that runs the song contest, said: "The stage invader was questioned by police immediately following the incident, and then held in custody until Monday, May 14 when he was seen in court in Lisbon.

"He has now been released on bail, with charges pending the result of an ongoing police inquiry.

"The EBU, RTP and Portuguese Authorities take security very seriously and an investigation into what happened is ongoing."

This comes after a previous statement from them saying they “regret” the invasion took place, and confirmed the man was “in police custody”.

SuRie, who came 24th out of 26, was offered to sing her song again, but decided not to because she was “proud” of her performance.

It has been reported the invader got onto the stage by “climbing into the camera run”, then "reached the main stage via the bridge, pursued by security”.

SuRe, 29, appeared on This Morning on Monday (see video below), telling hosts Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby that there “wasn't any time to feel fear” when he struck.

She said: "He was suddenly there, security were on him as quick as he was on me. He got the mic for a few seconds…but the song was still going.

"The backing vocalists were still singing, the crowd was still chanting, so I just turned upstage for a moment but I was still clapping and cheering with the crowd, I just didn't have the mic.

"I turned back and saw the mic on the floor, and I thought, 'well thats mine, I'll finish this song'."

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