Turkish authorities have arrested Amir Tataloo, one of Iran’s most famous musicians and singers, Iranian media report.
The semiofficial ILNA news agency reported that Amirhossein Maqsoodlou, better known as Amir Tataloo, was apprehended on the evening of December 2 following a complaint filed by the Iran’s Consulate in Istanbul.
The tattoo-covered artist is reportedly accused of "obscene behavior" toward consulate staff.
Last week, videos circulated on social media showed Tataloo at Istanbul Airport with his passport, leading to speculation that he intended to return to Iran.
The musician gained notoriety for criticizing the Iranian government's human rights record in his songs and on social media.
However, he later adopted a conservative stance and urged his fans to vote for hardliners in the 2017 presidential elections.
His most famous single, Nuclear Energy, released before the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, asserted Iran's right to self-defense.
The accompanying music video, shot on a warship in the Persian Gulf, fueled speculation he had been co-opted by the Iranian establishment.
In 2019, Instagram blocked his account due to the publication of anti-women content and the promotion of child marriage.
In his stories, Tataloo claimed he planned to establish a "Sultan's Palace" in Türkiye, and invite girls between the ages of 15 and 20 to join.