LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Several news outlets are reporting that Sacha Baron Cohen has been banned from the 84th Academy Awards, but CBS2 has confirmed that he is more than welcome at Sunday’s show.

“We would love to have Sacha at the show. We’ve let him know how we feel and are waiting to hear from him,” an Academy spokesperson told CBS2 Thursday.

Cohen, an Academy member, stars as the Station Inspector in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, which has been nominated for 11 awards, including Best Picture.

The Academy had reportedly been seeking assurance that Cohen will not arrive to the awards show dress in costume for his new movie, The Dictator.

Cohen posted on his website that he would issue a press statement regarding the controversy Friday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


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