Locked Up Abroad: Where Are They Now? Erik Aude

If you just tuned in to Erik Aude’s horrific story on Locked Up Abroad: From Hollywood to Hell, I’m sure you have questions. You can live-tweet with him during the 10P EST premiere on Twitter at @lockedupabroad. But in case you miss him there, we checked in with Erik to get answers and see what life is like for him today and here’s what he had to say:

When you traveled to Turkey, do you think that you actually unknowingly brought back narcotics for Ray?

I didn’t at the time, but I absolutely believe I was taking drugs back with me on those 2 previous trips to Turkey now.

 (If yes….) Do you think the customs officer was “in on it” or that he just didn’t catch the contents in the suitcase?

NO.  That’s a ridiculous question.  What are the odds of me coming across the one customs officer in that huge airport in Istanbul that would be in on it?  Little less, two more airports from my trip home? The suitcase was just that professionally packed to conceal the drugs in such a great way, that not even Customs agents in Sweden, or in America were able to find or detect it the 1st two trips I made to Turkey and Sweden.  The people in the drug smuggling industry are smart, and they are pretty good at getting their product to where it needs to be.   And because I was not in on it, I never raised any suspicions.

By the time you were sentenced to seven years, how much time had you already spent in prison?

Almost 11 months.

You mentioned learning Urdu while you were imprisoned for the two years, ten months… How else did you pass the time?

I enjoyed reading and learning.  I was learning Turkish, French, pickup lines in Italian, Urdu, Hindi, and Arabic.  I had books brought in from out of the prison, and overseas from family and friends.  Or I just traded for books.  I learned to read and write Arabic and Urdu.  I learned how to play Texas Hold’em Poker. I learned that the guards were beyond corrupt, and that I could literally get anything smuggled into that prison. It began with food, then a cell-phone, then a VCR player, and hundreds of movies, then a laptop computer where I wrote screenplays, jokes, songs, and kept an online journal.

Eventually, it would become my hustle and I was known for getting things into jail. I was like ‘Red’ from Shawshank Redemption.  I dealt in movies, and cell-phones mostly.  I never got involved in alcohol, drugs, or women, although those were available for the right price.  I exercised, ran poker tournaments, cleaned up the yard, grew my own garden, fixed up the cells in the cell-block that I was directly living in to make the place more comfortable and clean, and organized a water well to be installed for our cellblock, so that we could have running water longer than one hour a day in our cells.  I became a teacher, and was allowed to travel all over the prison to help people read their own language, or learn English, or just tell jokes and make hard times pass a little easier for others.  It also helped me kill my own time.  I found a routine and beyond prison walls, after everything is said and I done, I adjusted to the situation quite nicely and had a good time.

Did you make any friends?

Not too many, but the few friends I made were the best friends I ever had.  I met a guy on death row named Murad who taught me the game of Texas Hold’em.  He would end up sharing his last meal with me, having it prepared with no hot spices in it so that I would enjoy it, and then not tell me that he was getting executed the following day.  He showed me that you can find kindness in the worst place on earth.  And what he did for me is still to this day the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me.

I became friends with the Palestinian hijackers of the Pan-Am hijacking of 86.  They had been in that prison since it first opened in ‘86 and were left alone by the guards and the other prisoners.  What made us bond was that I was a foreigner and they were foreigners.  We’d share books and lunches, and stories.  Eventually I earned these men’s respect by sharing my cellphone with them.  They were able to speak with their loved ones for the first time in 17 years because of that phone, so they were indebted to me.  Later on they would repay that debt to me by saving my life in jail as I was being attacked during a riot and had a knife in my shoulder and one in my stomach by prisoners trying to collect a 5000 rupee bounty on my head.  The hijackers would also find me a lawyer that would help finally get me out of jail and not try to retire off my circumstances.  I’ve since learned that they are all on the FBI’s most wanted list and are worth five million dollars each today.  I wish I knew where they were.  I’d go say hi and catch up.  I’d never turn them in, because I believe in my heart they are not the guys they once were.  They’re probably out there watching Spongebob Square Pants and eating homemade smoothies and just trying to hash out as peaceful a life that they can.

I was friends with the future prime minister of Pakistan.  Yousuff Raza Gillani.  He was a good man.  He never asked me for anything other than my friendship, which is very rare in jail.  Everyone is usually always looking to get something out of someone.  He just wanted to walk and chat, which would become our routines before evening lockup.  I would have dinner with this political prisoner in A-Cell, which was an upper class cell-block, and then walk around a nicely gardened courtyard for 30 minutes before the evening prayer.  Gillani was one of my best friends and I hope to see him again one day.

Several of the superintendents, and deputy superintendents would become my friends and allow me to keep whatever I wanted as long as it didn’t disturb anyone else.  They liked to come have lunch or special dinners with me, or just come to laugh.  Making people laugh was something I was great at.  Made bad times a little easier.

During your detention in Pakistan – from the three days of torture to prison time – you fought for your life and stayed true to your character. What kept you going during times of hopelessness? 

When I was first arrested, anger for the man that set me up is what kept me going.  Then when I found out that someone I loved was waiting for me on the outside back home, I focused on getting back to her.  When she disappeared because my situation was too much for her to handle, I had to resort back to anger again.  Being bigger and stronger than everyone else in the prison really helped.  But the best thing of all that helped me, was learning the language.  Because the guards and other prisoners started seeing me as a human being rather than a hated American.  I took a lot of beatings before I earned the prisoners’ and staff’s respect.  Once that hill was crossed, it was quite peaceful for me in jail.  I had fun.

Do you know whatever happened to Ray after he was arrested?

I had originally thought he was deported, but recently I found him on Facebook under his real name.  I was able to meet up with him in a shopping center parking lot in Granada Hills.  He thought he was meeting up with a pretty girl at the Coffee Bean, but it was me instead.  I made him talk with me.  He started repeatedly apologizing and saying he wanted to talk to me and tell me what really happened.  He claimed that he himself was a victim and didn’t know I was being used to smuggle drugs.  I asked him, “you didn’t know I was smuggling drugs?” He again claimed he didn’t know. “That’s why six months after I was arrested, that Swedish woman working for you was arrested also for drugs” He claimed he learned then what it was we were really being used to do.  He just again and again lied to me and wasn’t even clever in his lies.  He was trying to say that he was a victim too and that the people he was working for never told him that this job was drug related and that he was sorry for what happened to me, but that it wasn’t his fault.

I asked him one more question. “So if you were innocent too, and not involved, then why did you tell me your name was Rai Ghazarian?”  He looked me in the eyes, and says “I never told you that.”  That’s when I lost it. I wanted to hurt that man as much as possible that day.  He cost me three years of my life for a crime I didn’t know I was being used to commit, and he still couldn’t admit to me that he set me up.  The only good thing about that day was that I got his cellphone number, his license plate number, and I know what city he works in.  Since I was awarded a $20.4 million settlement in a civil suit against this man back in 2006, I now have an attorney and private investigator trying to go after him and see if there’s anything worth collecting from him.  I had always thought that if I were to run into this man ever again, that I would without a doubt kill him and not think twice.  But I didn’t have it in me.  And I’m glad I didn’t.  I have too much good going for me now in my life and he’s already taken too much from me.  He’s not ever going to take anymore.

How are your ears now? Have they healed or do they still cause you pain?

My ears are very weak.  They cause me intense pain when I go up and down in Airplanes.  And I still get recurring earaches throughout the year.  They suck.  But I’ve gotten used to them.

Why do you think this happened to you? Are there any lessons you can draw from your experience?

This happened to me because I was gullible.  I was trusting.  I never thought someone could do this to someone else.  I had everything going for me in my life and I was young. I wanted to believe in the best in people.  I’ve learned that there are some pretty awful people out there that will take advantage of people whenever possible. I learned to never carry anything for anyone anywhere.  If someone even asks you to help them carry a couch, you tell them to f&*% off.

What’s life like for you now? Are you still pursuing your interests in acting and the movie business?

I have a pretty amazing life now.  I still act a lot. I love acting and doing stunts.  I’ve written a cool song that can be downloaded on iTunes or Amazon called “I Dont Think So.”  I play poker all around the world for a good part of my living, and I’m currently part owner of five different restaurant/bars.  Four of them are called Big Wangs, and the last one is Stout in Studio City, California.  I do very well for myself.

Do you openly share your story with friends?

Sometimes, but not really. I’m not nearly as trusting anymore, so I don’t really have too many friends these days.  I quite honestly stay to myself a lot, other than when I’m playing poker.  I didn’t ever really want to do Locked Up Abroad.  I used to think that the people on this show were all guilty and had deserved most of the time to go to jail. I was and have always been somewhat embarrassed by what happened to me.  Because I do feel stupid for having been naive enough to be tricked into doing this.  I feel stupid for not seeing what is so obvious now.  I look back now and ask myself “How did I not know what it was that I was really being used to do?”  No matter what I say or do, people want to assume the worst about me.  They want to think that the reason I was in such a horrible situation was because I deserved to be in this horrible situation.  I believe that in the eyes of others, that it’s easier to swallow what happened to me if they think that I deserved it rather than believing that I was innocent and going through this mess.  If I was guilty, people would say “It sucks what you went through, but hopefully you learned a lesson.”  But being as though I’m innocent, people think I’m not only a drug smuggler, but I’m a liar and a drug smuggler.  I wish things were different.

Is there anything you didn’t say in the show that you think people should hear?

I finally did this show because I wanted people to know what is happening out there. There are several ways for drug smugglers to get their product across, and tricking someone to unknowingly smuggle drugs for them is just one of their ways.   Had I seen a show like this back in the day, I think I would’ve been a little smarter, and not gone.  I played myself in the episode, because I wanted the story to be done right.


  1. Shelley
    April 25, 2012, 10:16 pm

    Great episode. Erik good for you for being brave & standing up for what you believe in despite incredible odds.

  2. benny
    baton rouge
    April 25, 2012, 10:39 pm

    This is the most intense episode I’ve seen. Stay strong. .and good job lick in ass

  3. stephanie
    April 25, 2012, 10:51 pm

    I think you are amazing, I am so proud of you. I don’t know anyone else who would had said not guilty, you freaking rock!!

  4. stephanie
    April 25, 2012, 10:53 pm

    Seeing your brothers character in the show and seeing how small he was compared to you, I was so happy it was you who went and not him. Do you think the guilt of having your brother there would had been worse than the torture you went through?

  5. stephanie
    April 25, 2012, 11:17 pm

    No need to answer my ? I saw the end of the show where u said “i’m glad it was me.”

  6. Ruth
    Boston , Mass.
    April 26, 2012, 12:09 am

    This was a fantastic episode of Locked up Abroad – best I’ve seen… Glad Erik made it home safely …

  7. Kel
    April 26, 2012, 5:04 am

    I just saw your episode and was so moved by your courage and inner strength. Your story was shocking, frightning as hell and inspirational, too! I’m so happy you survived that horrible ordeal. I wish you all the best.

  8. mary marty
    April 26, 2012, 9:26 am

    I think the guy went a little over the top with the tough guy act. I mean really?!

  9. Frank
    oceanside, ca
    April 26, 2012, 10:07 am

    What a compelling story. You are one amazing guy. I could not watch the beating and torture. I am so glad for the happy ending. I wish you well. You earned it.

  10. Tom
    Philadelphia, Pa
    April 26, 2012, 12:21 pm

    Erik, best show I’ve ever seen! From one tough guy to another, you can tell you had excellent mentors growing up and fought for what you believe in. I think Jason Statham took your roles when you were slugging it out in real life!

  11. Really?!
    April 26, 2012, 4:22 pm

    Yeah…. I’ve watched a ton of these episodes and this was the first that I didn’t feel real.

  12. Really?!
    April 26, 2012, 4:29 pm

    well… not that I think it’s a complete fabrication, but that there was overhype.

  13. Ronda
    April 26, 2012, 6:54 pm

    Erik, if you want to get your name out there and end up in “serious” movies, stop lying and take acting lessons. This is the biggest batch of self-aggrandizing bull I’ve ever watched. If any part of your story was true (with the exception that you were jailed in Pakistan for trafficking) I would hope that they hanged you for being such a tool.

  14. Michael
    New York
    April 26, 2012, 7:19 pm

    That twist of fate saved ur brothers life, unless he had the same ego- pride and balls. I would not want to trade with you kid, and I’m a tough guy. The dude that burned you well thats another story, hes a bitch. I’m still doofed with how you held it down proud for you kid.

  15. JIMI
    April 26, 2012, 10:07 pm

    I watched the episode and read the interview and I don’t believe for one second he was an innocent guy. You were so cocky on the episode. Did you do the math, leather goods vs travel and paying you, not to mention it is illegal. I wish you only good luck but you came off way to cocky and smart to be that dumb. You are lucky to be alive.

    Then again I could be wrong.

  16. Al-B
    April 27, 2012, 1:05 am

    Wow, now I’d like to hear what really happened!!! This story makes for a good FICTION flick, but I for one am not buying the bulk of this guy’s story. I find it very hard to believe that anyone with the slightest bit of intelligence would be naive enough to believe that someone would pay you cash money and all travel related expenses, meals, excursions, etc. for a person to go to countries around the world to pick-up leather skirts, jackets, etc. I mean how many leather items can one person bring back to make the trip worth it?? And this tough guy crap that he gave us is even more unrealistic than believing that he had no clue what he was involved in!! He’s one American in a place where according to him they hate Americans, yet he’s kickin’ butt and taking names all by himself against herds of angry inmates?? Give me a break!! Who does he think he is, Rambo?? LOL!!

    What bothers me even more are the people who have commented hear who seem to have no doubt about this guy’s fantastic story. I mean even judging from his story he did so many things that would’ve cost him his life probaly in a US prison so how did he manage to get away with in a Pakistani prison for over 2 years when it appeared that even US officials didn’t care about him?? Think people…THINK!!

    Here’s what really happened; He wasn’t making any real money acting or on his regular job or at least not the kind of money that he needed to go along with his big ego, so to increase his income he took a job as a drug carrier. He got busted, he served time, and he did what he was told until he was released……THE END!!

  17. josh
    April 27, 2012, 5:33 am

    I used to see this guy working as a bouncer in Hollywood. He’s no joke. Saw him lay out Olden Polynese. I think thats how you spell it. No one fucked with him.

  18. josh
    April 27, 2012, 5:34 am

    Then another time, he took on two crackheads that were messing with Valet and beat their asses, was hillarious.

  19. Michael
    new york
    April 27, 2012, 7:37 am

    well theres 2 sides to a story then the truth. im sure they juiced it up for tv.but would you want to go thru that

  20. Tom
    April 27, 2012, 2:44 pm

    Just about everyone who goes through an ordeal like that states the same thing. Corruption, beatings, hatred for Americans, deplorable conditions. Imagine a muslim from overseas being locked up in an American jail after 911. Jordan Van Der Sloot will be lucky to last 5 years in the hole he is in. I used to work in a few well known high security American prisons performing environmental testing where the worst of the worst were incarcerated. One inmate who was in for life told me that he spent time in jail over in Saudi Arabia and said this place was heaven compared to the prison he was in there. He also told me it was not uncommon for “troubled inmates” to just disappear.

  21. Diego
    April 27, 2012, 3:00 pm

    Fake,……….total fake

  22. Lidvo
    April 27, 2012, 7:39 pm

    I’ve been watching these episodes since I discovered the show last year. This episode was awesome as it depicted the FILTH and oppression of these 3rd world countries and their GENUINE HATRED FOR AMERICANS — that is Pakistan, Turkey, etc. (all the while they would looooove to be here in our blessed country — ask other Muslims who live here! HA!)
    Sorry you had to go through this Erik, but seems like you’ve become a better man from it! I believe God answered your prayer in your cell, before sending the superintendent, when you asked Him to give you strength to fight that Golie guard, the mass torturer. Great acting too 🙂

  23. Lidvo
    April 27, 2012, 7:45 pm

    I’ ve traveled to many parts of the world but I would NEVER, EVER go to the Middle East — did I say “NEVER”?? You couldn’t pay me enough! As a Christian and an American I wouldn’t probably never make it out!

  24. Michael
    new york
    April 27, 2012, 8:32 pm

    i got a way to settle this we will all flip a coin. the loser goes to pakistan shoves a couple of kilos up his ass, goes back to the airport & drops his pants then walks backwards till they start asking questions…….. then wait for his report !

  25. Gram
    April 28, 2012, 12:20 am

    You remind me so much of my son, I really choked up when you were beaten but was so glad you fought back. Good for you for sticking up for what you believe in, not enough of it these days. Your attitude is great, I hope for only the best for you.

  26. John
    San Diego
    April 28, 2012, 7:57 am

    Wow, what a hyped-up bunch of crap. Way to lose credibility, NatGeo. And all these people that believe every word, stupidity run amok. I don’t care who you are, in a prison like that, heavily outnumbered, you are not going to come out on top in any fight. Prisoners have weapons in prisons like that, shanks fashioned from metal scraps, and they all just crumbled at the hands of Superman — give me a friggin’ break.

  27. Mike B.
    April 28, 2012, 9:30 am

    One guy mentioned that Erik came across to bright to fall for such a scheme, but i disagree. His arrogance, lack of wit, and cockiness is what landed him in that situation. I’m glad nothing worst happened to you; however, hopefully humility and humbleness is something you spend more time seeking.

  28. Dave
    April 28, 2012, 10:07 am

    The only thing that would have made this more believable would have been if it had happened to Steven Segal !!! What a bunch of crap ! Great audition Eric !

  29. Joe b
    North East
    April 28, 2012, 12:44 pm

    Erik Aude AND Nat Geo should be ashamed of the complete work of fiction. Erik Aude is a typical douchebag with a giant ego and is also a compulsive liar who would rather tell poorly scripted, low bugdet Steven seagul fantasies than the truth.

    It’s S*** like this which creates ignorance. Look at Lidvo’s comments. He is so ignorant to believe this work of fiction that it strengthens his false belief about an entire area of the world. You think Turkey is oppressed and has hatred for the US?? I, an American have been to Turkey many times, Pakistan too and have found both the country and it’s people to be kind, intelligent, and open; not ignorant, hateful, and oppressed like you “think”.

    Are there depressed places in those countries, sure, would I go to those specific places, no, but I wouldn’t go to many areas in Detroit, NY, LA, etc.

    Grow up, stop believing everything you hear and read, and open your eyes. One thing I have found in life that the more entertaining, more spectacular something is the farther from the truth it is. Media uses emotion to sell; same way Nat Geo aired this complete work of fantasy.

    Nat Geo should be ashamed that they let this air. This completely undermines thier credibility. This story was completely slanderous to the Pakistani people.

  30. Andrew
    April 28, 2012, 12:48 pm

    Yeah, we watched this one with the mentality of “how much more over the top can this get”?
    – Not questioning (at all) what he was doing
    – Being dumb enough to jog alone through Islamabad with “Affliction” gear on
    – The blonde “soothsayer” who approached him
    – Beating up an entire prison
    – Killing the most notorious guard?!?!
    – Being given a weight-set in prison…in Pakistan?!?!
    – Being patted on the back while strutting out of the prison

    And there are so many other points. I think the narcissistic guy KNOWINGLY smuggled drugs, got jailed, and was let out. He then wrote this egotistical story and sold it to NatGeo.

    Literally reminded me of a Rambo/Rocky rip-off.

  31. vic
    Las Vegas
    April 28, 2012, 10:24 pm

    What a load of crap. This guy thinks he’s Jean Claude Van Damme. I love these shows but this was ridiculous. I don’t believe a word this guy says other than he actually got caught and went to prison. He’s a cocky, arrogant, LIAR! And his acting is terrible. Even if he didn’t know he was carrying opium, he’s an idiot and I have no sympathy whatsoever. I think he’s confused the Hollywood movies he WISHES he was in with his actual real story.

  32. Trey
    April 29, 2012, 12:06 am

    Great job Nat Geo. Until now this series has been an honest window in the lives of people who screwed up and were humbled by their punishment. Now you start the season with some Jersey Shore moron lying through his teeth about his crime, and portraying himself as some Chuck Norris-esque American hero? Give us a break.

  33. Barry Tilles
    Norwell MA
    April 30, 2012, 2:02 pm

    You guys (commenters Trey, vic, Joe b etc) are rough, real rough. Your cynicism is emblematic of the know-it-all busybody liberal mind-set of today imo. Yeah the story was self-told as are all LOA’s but have any of you guys been in a Paki prison? This had the ring of truth to me. What’s more, I had some Paki tenants once and they were activists there (Karachi) against corruption and extremism (see karachipage.com: ) Anyway the methods of torture depicted (for example hanging the fellow upside-down and swatting the tender soles of the feet) were exactly as they (the tenants) described.
    Kudos and congrats to Mr Aude. Don’t listen to these failures and their skeptical comments delivered from the comfort of home. Great episode NatGeo, super series.

  34. Jones
    April 30, 2012, 4:52 pm

    Glad I’m not the only one that thought this story was at the least very exaggerated and at most an outright fabrication.
    There are parts of the story that ring with truth – The torture methods and prison conditions as well as government and official corruption seemed spot on. But this guy’s tough guy act, to me was complete BS. You want me to believe that a single American actor went over to Pakistan at the height of the 9/11, anti-terrorism, anti-islam campaign shortly after the kidnapping and beheading of an american/israeli journalist, got caught smuggling dope and got thrown in Prison with a bunch of America hating 7th century throwbacks and he was able to go in all John Wayne, Charles Bronson on them. Man, please. Hey, if it happened like you say, then you are one tough dude – much respect. But really can you blame us all for our BS meters pinging in the redzone on this one? Come on Nat Geo, who did the fact checking on this one? We need to see some proof. Like many, for me, this was the first show in this series where I have had the thought cross my mind that the story was fabricated. It reminds me of the Antwan Fisher story — a book and then movie, written by, directed by and produced by the guy that is the subject of the tale. The story makes him out to be almost perfect. Eric Aude’s tale is the same. He’s the poor unassuming victim who turns into superman when cornered. I smell a lie in there somewhere.

  35. Matt
    April 30, 2012, 4:59 pm

    Hold on… that was supposed to be a true story- LOL.

    A load of crap was bound to happen but this was so far fetched that I can’t believe the producers aired it. By the way if the producers are reading this blog- I was jailed in Russia and I killed 189 bad people with my bare hands and I saved 4230 children with my angelic breath all while learning to paint, cook perogies, dance ballet and I made a space ship (I was jailed for 10 months).

  36. dontworry
    May 1, 2012, 3:49 pm

    I believe he served his time…as for the tough guy thumping everyone in the pakistan prison not so much. Ironically nothing mentioned of how tough he was in this 2003/2004

  37. Chris
    May 1, 2012, 5:16 pm

    Shame on you Nat Geo for airing this episode. I think you got to deep in your production budget before you realized that the only part of this guy’s story that was true was that he got arrested for drug smuggling and spent two years in a Pakistani jail. Shame on you Eric Aude for for fictionalizing this type of experience. There’s something really wrong about doing that.

  38. anita kays
    May 1, 2012, 8:40 pm

    Erik Aude, Sounds like you made up a movie. don’t believe your story. You are a hollywood boy.you insult the people who have truly suffered. shame on you

  39. NYC
    May 1, 2012, 9:54 pm

    Biggest pile of BS I’ve ever seen on tv…..

  40. Cristina
    Washington, D.C.
    May 2, 2012, 1:48 pm

    Dear Eric,
    This is the most profound episode of Locked Up Abroad and I believe your story; please ignore those who try to disparage you.
    They are clearly jealous of your constitution and resolve and have had no such experience.
    Evidence of your suffering is apparent when you revealed your knowledge that beauty is found in the “worst corners” and that things could always get worse. Sounds simple but seldom a frame of mind.
    My favorite part was when your poker buddy prepared you a meal without spices as a form of toast to your friendship with him ( the night before he was to be executed).
    Also, it was touching when you reflected (in a later interview) that you were glad it was you instead of your brother in prison.
    I have so many questions:
    1. What was the yellow stuff in the syringe that the quack doctor had? What did he do?
    2. How did you get let off early? I missed some parts.
    3. Run me through your day there-I am most curious, please.
    4. Did Bill Richardson help you?
    5. How do we help support others in your situation?
    (there is no one like you 🙂
    6. Did you have money sent to you as a way to survive?
    Thanks for sharing your story. I think you should write a book about this. I have told everyone to watch this amazing production. It is so obvious that you are no smuggler!

  41. Jay
    May 2, 2012, 4:23 pm

    I am so glad I wasn’t the only one that didn’t fall for this bullshit , I am a loyal watcher to this show and Nat Geo really dropped the ball on this one , If they think that there veiwers are this dumb NatGeo has another thing coming , I think the only thing he told the truth about is him being on Dude Where’s My Car, I hope they don’t pull this bullshit again .

    Erik your a lyre ….

  42. Dan
    May 2, 2012, 5:54 pm

    I don’t believe that this guy walked into the prison and took on the whole prison population in a fight. There are all kinds of holes in his story. Eric is an out of work actor looking for some attention to see if it will gain him some acting gigs.

  43. Keith
    May 2, 2012, 6:10 pm

    I can’t believe that nobody at Nat Geo tried to reign in this epic pile of BS. At least he got a paid acting gig out of this. Maybe the only honest payday he’s had since Dude.

  44. Mark
    Los Angeles
    May 2, 2012, 6:25 pm

    I am truly moved by what happened to you. I love your character, resolve and ability to make the best out a horrible situation. Your story, personality and integrity has given me so much inspiration and an overwhelming feeling of triumph that I am so glad you were as candid as you are. God bless you! I am glad you made it through all of that to share. Thank you!

  45. I admit, I bought it ...
    May 2, 2012, 6:37 pm

    Hook, line and sinker. The only thing I questioned was him beating up a prison full of men. Maybe I’m as naive as he claimed to be! However after searching the net and finding stories that were written during the whole ordeal, I found things like he “broke into tears” after the seven year sentence, and that he wrote his mother about his “dispair” “loss of his chiseled frame” and “thoughts of suicide.” He defintely injected some testosterone juice into the story! But, hey, he’s an actor. What do you expect?

  46. T.J.
    May 2, 2012, 9:10 pm

    This guy is a complete Tool. I’m now putting Locked up Abroad on probation. One more fabricated story like that and it’s off the dvr.
    A. your not big at all
    2. your so full of yourself I could puke
    C. find a new career
    4. are you that dumb, never questioning if there were ever drugs in the bags
    E. popped eardrums are not that bad (looks like your not as tough as you think)
    What a TOOL!

  47. sharon
    May 2, 2012, 9:12 pm

    I hope your experience has helped you find God. I will pray for you and your future! Good Luck, I’m glad you’re out!

  48. NotSoFast
    May 2, 2012, 9:23 pm

    I usually enjoy watching this show, but this episode was hands down the most ridiculous one I’ve seen. He took down a whole prison, dodged bullets, refused freedom for pride and took 3 days of intense torture￲ like it was a normal day. It’s quite funny how if you google his story from around the time it happened and none mention how of a tough guy he was in prison. Some also mention how he cried once hearing his 7 year sentence. I didn’t see that in the show. Then again, maybe it’s all true…but I’m not holding my breath.

  49. Jeff
    May 2, 2012, 11:59 pm

    Fake… so, so fake. The people who believe this do so because they want to believe this, desperately. But hey, makes for a good work of fiction and I’m sure there are plenty of naive women who will eat this up and throw themselves at the guy… (see Stephanie and Cristina above).

  50. Larry
    white house,tn
    May 3, 2012, 12:51 am

    Sounds like alot of B/S to me but I was not there to tell the real storie. I do believe that you should hear out Erick Aude….

  51. Valerie Parkhurst
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    May 3, 2012, 4:20 am

    GIVE ME MORE “Erik Aude”..I was blown away by this episode. Our youth need to be exposed to men like Erik. I found him to be a role model, and his narration of the show left me begging for more of his humor and personality. not to mention those fine good looks of his. Give us more Erik!

  52. Leigh
    May 3, 2012, 8:13 am

    Wow, I thought this was an amazing story & needs to be a movie- way better than Midnight Express!! I’m so glad Erik made it home safely & I am praying for a good life for him!!

  53. travis
    May 3, 2012, 8:53 am

    i’ll be honest, i used to hate this guy. Always thought he was a dick. I worked with him in the clubs in Hollywood. But I’ve seen him take on countless drunks with no fear and the regulars at the clubs came to respect him. I had no idea he went through all this. I know now why he has such a chip on his shoulder. As far as this article of him crying when he was sentenced, dude lost his life for a crime he didnt commit. I’d cry too. And the show only tells so much of a story. Much respect Aude’. Screw these haters.

  54. kevin
    May 3, 2012, 9:50 am


  55. Ray
    Los Angeles
    May 3, 2012, 10:18 am

    What a bunch of lemmings! This guys story reeks of crap & all of you morons buy it! Wow the American public is more naive than I thought. This hack did nothing more than combine every ‘good guy locked up for something he didn’t do’ movie ever made! That episode was a comedy because the whole story was a joke and had me laughing from the jump!

  56. CC
    May 3, 2012, 10:25 am

    Why you didn’t publish my comment. He was also a misogynist, he did say: ‘they were my women’ referring to the men in prison. What? Now NatGeo doesn’t wanna look sexist?

  57. Anna
    Denver, CO
    May 3, 2012, 1:21 pm

    Erik, this is an amazing story! I remember your mother and her pleas for help back when you were imprisoned… Your strength, your attitude, and the way you handled yourself is absolutely amazing! I am glad you are home, and I am happy you aren’t the normal middle east story of death and that your family was never able to see you again! I would be honored to meet you one day and shake your hand!

  58. Craig
    May 3, 2012, 8:30 pm

    If this were the first episode that I saw I would never watch another. None of it makes sense. He is a complete clown and I can’t believe that nat geo would make this. I hope I never have to see this guy on anything again. I have been waiting to see if the episode is a joke. I wish nat geo would put out an apology for publishing something that is such a fabrication.

  59. Devon
    Los Angles
    May 5, 2012, 6:09 am

    Aude’s a good guy. Known him for sometime now. The show was edited to only show the good parts. He told me he took alot of beatings and was kept isolated for his protection because he kept getting into fights. He was one of the biggest guys in jail because the people there were 5’6 on average. He told me he never cried in Court, but afterwards in the holding cell when he was waiting to go back to the prison. I would’ve cried like a little kid had that been me and I’m 6’5 280. I work as a bouncer all around LA. I’ve gone to battle with Aude when he worked with us. He IS a tough bastard. That there is no doubt. But he’s still human. And he’s got emotions too, just like everybody else. LUA didnt give enough time to tell the entire story. I”m lucky to have met and worked with this man. He’s an inspiration. He donates his time to several causes and charities. He helps with poker charities for Teaching kids how to surf, or helping animal shelters, fundraising for police stations, fire stations. He won a tournament for the Michael Jay Fox foundation and donated all the money back to the charity. He’s lent money to people in need. He’s a great guy. And I wish more people were like him. What he went through was awful. And him sharing it was very commendable. He has such a positive outlook on life. And you people want to bash him. You dont know him, but if you did, you’d be ashamed of yourselves.

  60. Lynn
    May 5, 2012, 10:04 am

    He’s got a lot of heart and I admire him for never giving up. With that said, I don’t believe for ONE second that he just went in there and whooped EVERYONE like he said he did and had NO fear through most of it. He’s sounding pretty cocky now. But, I wonder what his attitude really was while it was happening….

  61. Robert Leonardo
    United States
    May 5, 2012, 10:34 am

    Eric if you are the man they portrayed in the show, which i thoroughly enjoyed…my hats off to you and would love to get you in a of tackle football game just to test that ego of yours…all in good spirit.

    We have too many soft-metrosexual wimps in this nation these days. Need some John Wayne types. However word to the wise, although you will probably never see this, you need to thank God for your life dude. The pride you carry will kill you, believe I know I used to carry the same swag

    Enjoyed the show.

  62. R
    May 6, 2012, 2:06 pm

    He’s bluffing. 2003 interview paints a complete different story. He’s quoted throughout saying things like;

    he has been beaten a few times by guards. “Nothing serious,” Audé explains.

    “They can’t prove that I’m guilty but they can’t prove that I’m innocent either. Honestly, I think being an American is going to work against me.” Though he could face 10 years, Audé says he’s praying that the judge will be lenient and sentence him to three. He’s already working on ways to reduce that sentence –


  63. Chris
    San diego
    May 6, 2012, 2:24 pm

    I played Ball with Aude in High School. He was the strongest on our team by far and one of the craziest hardest hitting players in the game. I don’t doubt any of his story for one second. Only the people that don’t know him are doubting him, but I guarantee the people that did and do know him believe him.

  64. R
    May 6, 2012, 2:33 pm

    Newsweek 2002
    “U.S. embassy officials visit Aude, bringing him mail and ensuring he is being treated and humanely. Aude says he’s the only American in the jail, and fellow prisoners became hostile during the bombing runs during Operation Anaconda, the recent U.S.-led assault on Al Qaeda holdouts in Afghanistan’s Shahikot mountains. “They hate me here,” he says. For that reason (and thanks probably to embassy officials), Aude is confined to solitary. “I’m isolated, completely isolated,” he reports. “It sucks, but it’s for my safety.”

  65. R
    May 6, 2012, 2:40 pm

    Erik Aude has been jailed separately from the general prison population of about 5,000, his mother said.

    In a building apparently housing about 100 political prisoners,

    Embassy officials now bring him bottled water and fruit, which he craves, and deliver e-mails to him, she said. An American Embassy doctor has come to see him and treated an ear infection, she said.

    “They are wonderful,” Sherry Aude said of the embassy staff.

    Her son is back up to about 180 pounds now, she said.

    The most recent word she had directly from Erik were five or six letters which he wrote in October and November, but she didn’t receive them until Monday.

    “In the letters he’s hopeful,” she said.

    But Sherry Aude is worried about how Erik, the youngest of her four sons, will hold up mentally during his imprisonment, speaking to an American only during the monthly visits by embassy officials.

    Prison officials halted their practice of letting her son walk in a prison courtyard by himself, because inmates in an adjoining yard tried to climb the fence to get him.

  66. HoPe
    May 6, 2012, 8:11 pm

    This story Is Really haarrrd to beleive, but I was wondering if anyone knows what happened with the neighbor that got caught up in Mexico with the conterfeiting/steroid guy in the episode Caught Conterfeitng in Mexico episode?

  67. Nathan
    May 7, 2012, 9:03 am

    What’s not to believe?

    1) He thought he was getting paid $1000 + airfare + all expenses paid trip to Pakistan to “smuggle” 5 coats and had no idea there were drugs on board.

    2) When he was questioned at the airport and told he’d be “hanged after the evening prayer” he sprinted out of the room. While in the 4 foot wide hallway armed guards fired machine gun rounds at him and every bullet missed him.

    3) In the holding cell he went all Jackie Chan and beat up the entire cell block.

    4) He got to the prison and within seconds of opening the gate the entire prison population was waiting for “the American” to arrive as if they were told beforehand. And of course he is running from one side of the prison to another beating everyone up.

    5) On day one he runs upstairs and throws a prisoner head first off the balcony. And the guy lived.

    6) He chose a 7 year sentence and his pride over a 3 month sentence and guilty plea.

    7) When they showed actual footage of him being release he appeared pretty thin, my guess is 180 pounds tops yet he was the biggest/strongest/toughest guy in the entire prison.

    8) In the above interview he says ” I took a lot of beatings before I earned the prisoners’ and staff’s respect. Once that hill was crossed, it was quite peaceful for me in jail. I HAD FUN”

    9) In the above interview he says he taught himself how to read and write Urdu and he “became a teacher, and was allowed to travel all over the prison to HELP PEOPLE READ THEIR OWN LANGUAGE.”

    10) By the end of the day he was treated like a God and every prisoner was cheering and praising him as he walked out of the prison yard.

    11) He says right in the interview above “It began with food, then a cell-phone, then a VCR player, and hundreds of movies, then a laptop computer where I wrote screenplays, jokes, songs, and kept an online journal.”

    ^Sounds like he had it pretty good. Laptops, cell phones, TVs with VCRs, and don’t forget in this episode he said he was ordering KFC from inside the prison!

    Cool action flick written, told, and starring himself, but definitely heavily exaggerated.

  68. C.G.
    May 7, 2012, 5:23 pm

    I just finished reading all the comments. I cant believe how everyone wants to just hate this man. Everything he said sounds pretty accurate from what I saw. Obviously the show can only show so much. So they’re only giving you the nuts and bolts of the situation. When Aude went into Jail, he was big, but he lost a ton of weight fast. That article of keeping him seperated from the rest of the prison is a bluff???? If anything, that confirms that he was attacked again and again. He was put in isolation on Death Row for his safety. The episode showed him getting knocked to the ground again and again, and i’m sure in real life, it was chaotic and alot of headslapping and punching and kicking and spitting was going on. But the simple fact that he made it out of there is proof that he’s a badass. None of you would’ve been able to handle that. None. He goes into prison and gets into fights for simply being American, and they put him in solitary confinement on Deathrow because people want to and keep trying to kill him. And you guys clown him for that. The embassy turned their back on him, the government turned their back on him, and the news reporters that visited him in jail, i’m sure were well aware that he kept his story as positive as possible for not wanting to worry his family and friends back home anymore than they were already worried, or maybe there was a guard or superintendent present during the interview who understood English and he didnt want to be seen bashing their prison in front of them. He was alone in a hostile situation and he survived. Bottom line, he survived. And it sounded like he didn’t just find a way to get by, but he found a way to thrive. He is a remarkable man. Ignore these pathethic sad people trying to tear you down Mr. Aude. You are a true and inspiring American.

  69. Joe
    May 8, 2012, 3:46 pm

    Fictionalized account

  70. Christina
    May 9, 2012, 2:37 am

    Erik, u know I got ur back and whoever don’t believe u.. Then u know what I say!!! Forget them!!! Only u know the truth and I believe and have always believed u! But u made it home and that’s the most important part!! <3 u

  71. alfonso
    Santa Barbara
    May 9, 2012, 3:57 am

    I believe most of it. I mean how else did he get out? Most people would’ve died.

  72. Daniel
    utica, NY
    May 9, 2012, 6:39 pm

    every event has a grain of truth but being even in this this situation. brave?innocent?inspiring?heroic?… possibly, but the incriminating authentic documentation has yet to be exibited. but even if this all is true remember when he said if not for the superviser not showing up he would have been murdered and that was just dumb luck and that would make him the most fortunate man on earth, and i never rely that heavily on fate (unless i could fix the powerball drawings)to me that is not couragious, but courting disaster.

    considering he knew what he was prepared to actout was internationally illegal to begin with.

  73. Emperor Douchebag
    May 10, 2012, 1:21 am

    I surrender my crown to you, Erik, the true heir to my throne.

  74. David
    Los Angeles
    May 10, 2012, 2:02 am

    Dude just like some of the other posters I was watching this thinking how unreal and like a bad 80’s movie it was. If you did all the heroic shit they would have killed your dumb ass. While I did find it entertaining, I think it was a blemish on the real “Locked Up Abroad” shows I’ve seen. Somebody on here called you a tool and that could not be more true, and you played yourself, Hilarious!!!!

  75. Al-B
    May 10, 2012, 6:52 am

    For all of you believers I have a great sale on Brooklyn Bridges this week. People who knew him talk about how tough he was on the football field and kicking the butts of drunk jerks at the club when he had back-up from other bouncers…..PLEASE!! He was in a foreign country where they beat and kill people without care and you all are nieve enough to believe that he had the same tough guy attitude there that he had here? Ok, I’ll even knock off another 10% on the price of those bridges for the 1st 3 suckers! This guy is a liar!! Quit acting like he represented our country with pride. He was a drug smuggler who knew what the hell he was involved with, got busted, and now created this BS story about how tough he was. NG should go over and meet with some of the inmates, guards, people from the US Embassy, the judge who sentenced him, etc. and I’ll bet we’d hear a totally different story! In my opinion NG owes us that!!

  76. scott
    san diego
    May 10, 2012, 8:36 am

    So why was he awarded 20 million from a court in America if he’s guilty?

  77. daniel
    utica ny
    May 10, 2012, 11:22 am

    Every story has a grain of truth (fractional) was he innocent?, brave? & inspiringly heroic?, if he hadn’t knowingly committed a smuggling offence,( for which was the whole purpose of this series to begin with), I would actually sympathize and congratulate him for his release, but the incriminating footage and accompanying authentic documentation has yet to be presented.
    One scene did strike me as odd, in almost all segments he was master of his destiny i.e., punishing his tormenter, crushing his would be brutalizers (an entire cellblock), and defending his sterling pride proclaiming his innocence (swallow your pride, I’ll take the 3 months, who cares about what his motives were, our lives are too valuable than wasting it there, regardless if there was a real threat or not if in fact it is fact)

    But, when that supervisor appeared out of thin air, when he was at brink of being obliterated forever, would be the greatest stroke of luck on earth and I don’t rely upon fate that often…it seems foolhardy at best, potentially disastrous at worst …if that were true, but as I said there is a particle there

    Ooohhh p.s. national geographic please print this statement the other never made it to the blog

  78. paul
    quartz hill
    May 12, 2012, 8:34 am

    I went to school with this guy. Elementary school in Quartz Hill and Jr high at Joe Walker. He was not like anyone else there. He was funny, loud, and always getting picked on. The kids used to call him pancake boy because he was run over by a school bus in 3rd grade. I’ve no clue how he survived that, but because he was always being made fun of, he was always getting into fights. He left Joe walker in 6th grade and when I saw him again in High School, dude looked like he was on Steroids. I’m not saying he was, I’m just saying he was huge for a kid. He was 16 and he looked like he was a damn man. I remember asking him how he got so big, because I wanted to yoke up too. He said “I got sick of people fucking with me.” So all I do is workout. Getting run over by that bus gave that guy a high pain tolerance, and getting made fun of from it gave him the motivation to work out and get huge. I’ve never known anyone stronger than him in mind and body. None of you people making fun of him would ever stand a chance against him, and you would never be able to withstand what he went through. Everyone that truly knows him knows that he is Legit. Stop bashing him. He’s one of the good guys. And he did not deserve to be there.

  79. John
    May 13, 2012, 6:47 am

    Have just discovered the new series of this program. Finding it to be compelling viewing as always.

    I’ll speak up against the backlash of people slating NatGeo for showing this glorifying fiction. You’re missing the point of what this series is. It allows predominately Westerners to tell their side of the story after being imprisoned abroad. As far as I can see there is little pretence to claim they’re offering an unbiased and objective of the proceedings. With regards to the criminal charges we are only shown the case for the defence and what’s more that defence is given a very strong platform to state their case with no objections, interruptions or cross-questioning allowed.

    With regards to this particular episode all I will say is that I previously thought as Erik did, “that the people on this show were all guilty and had deserved most of the time to go to jail.”, and that nothing I’ve seen since has changed my mind.

    One part does bug me is the continual, unequivocal, claim of complete innocence. I’m unsure of the details of Pakistani law, but it is not uncommon, or in my view even unreasonable, for passengers to be personally responsible for the contents of their luggage when passing through customs. As far as the charge of carrying a large amount of Opium (basically Heroin) through customs goes, the verdict has to be guilty and could justify a length prison term. Of course that is a different from being entirely innocent and mistreated by the system.

  80. John
    May 13, 2012, 6:49 am

    Have just discovered the new series of this program. Finding it to be compelling viewing as always.

    I’ll speak up against the backlash of people slating NatGeo for showing this glorifying fiction. You’re missing the point of what this series is. It allows predominately Westerners to tell their side of the story after being imprisoned abroad. As far as I can see there is little pretence to claim they’re offering an unbiased and objective overview of the proceedings. With regards to the criminal charges we are only shown the case for the defence, and what’s more that defence is given a very strong platform to state their case, with no objections, interruptions or cross-questioning allowed.

    With regards to this particular episode all I will say is that I previously thought as Erik did, “that the people on this show were all guilty and had deserved most of the time to go to jail.”, and that nothing I’ve seen since has changed my mind.

    One part does bug me is the continual, unequivocal, claim of complete innocence. I’m unsure of the details of Pakistani law, but it is not uncommon, or in my view even unreasonable, for passengers to be personally responsible for the contents of their luggage when passing through customs. As far as the charge of carrying a large amount of Opium (basically Heroin) through customs goes, the verdict has to be guilty and could justify a length prison term. Of course that is a different from being entirely innocent and mistreated by the system.

  81. myers
    May 13, 2012, 9:50 am

    He did something no one else has ever done. He surived being in jail in Pakistan right after 9-11. That is fucking badass.

  82. Colin
    May 13, 2012, 1:15 pm


  83. Michael
    new york
    May 13, 2012, 4:54 pm

    seems to me he got something going for him. i mean every one that actually knew him say he is a tough guy and a good person .maybe all u guys are jealous cause he would prob bang the ass off ur girls while u watched with a black eye ur jealous u bunch of fukin faggotts bbaaaahhhaahaaaahha

  84. araz
    May 13, 2012, 8:27 pm

    He’s actually telling the truth. Here’s some more proof that he was set up. He mentioned somewhere that a sweedish chick was set up by Razmik (rai). I found the news clip. Good job, way to stay true Aude. Sorry so many people have nothing better to do but believe the worst about you. You are a tough SOB. http://articles.glendalenewspress.com/2002-07-27/news/export25905_1_opium-glendale-woman-suitcase

  85. dathan
    las vegas
    May 14, 2012, 10:56 am

    i would love to see all these haters step up to Eric. I would love it. They would get their asses handed to them.

  86. eric's friend
    May 15, 2012, 11:48 pm

    I went to high school with Eric, we played bball. What a badass.

    Haha no. Either Eric or someone in his family has found this board and is spamming it with this crap. It just happens that 50% of everyone reading this blog knew Eric in school or as a bouncer? Please.

  87. david
    Los Angeles
    May 16, 2012, 3:43 am

    Did the corroborate ANy of his story with Pakistani officials? or ANYBODY for that matter?

    It’s VERY hard to believe his story is not loaded with embellishments. Busted ear drums, broken fingers, etc. in jail? Fighting EVERYBODY in the yard and winning?

    Come on.

    I use to like this show – but after this trumped up story (put out by a desperate out-of-work actor no less), I can’t really believe it anymore.

    That’s not hating. That’s realistic skepticism. something the producers of Locked Up Abroad better start exercising. If nobody believes the show – nobody will watch the show.

  88. Wesley
    May 16, 2012, 10:14 pm

    So let me get this straight- Jean Claude Van Damn’s stunt double goes to a third world prison, Bruce Lee’s everybody’s ass, gets the prison guard fired, and becomes the hero. Oh and “he didn’t change for anybody, the entire prison changes for him” . Wow!

    Beefcake idiot

  89. Oh, come ON
    May 24, 2012, 1:37 am

    Are you kidding me with this nonsense? Big fan of the show but this episode was just nonsense. I googled it and it seems like he genuinely was arrested and sent to jail but this hyperbolic “me against the world and the world lost” rubbish just stretched credulity to the absolute limit.

  90. wtf real questions plz?!
    May 26, 2012, 6:33 am

    wtf how about asking…

    why are you beeing so dumb not doing what your lawyer tells you to

    why not giving the guard this little money

    yeah u got your precious pride for YEARS of your life and a intense torture

    btw: that has nothing to do with pride its just stupid. Who cares if they think your guilty. He doesnt know what pride is

  91. Nick
    May 28, 2012, 1:36 am

    This guy has made some decent career moves: a bouncer who wrecks shop on drunks ( which is the only corroborated part of this saga according to the posts), a personal trainer, and now a professional poker player. Seems like his story must be on the up and up. I don’t understand how NatGeo is able to skirt labor laws by hiring fact checkers out of daycare.

  92. Fahad
    South America
    June 7, 2012, 3:10 pm

    I was in Central Jail Adiala around the time he was arrested. He was isolated from the rest of the prison for his safety. Prisoners wanted him dead. He was taller then most, but not everyone. He did win the boxing match the prison held in 2004. I do remember he was mostly kind to others. Shared magazines and books. Im happy he is alive and well.

  93. kenny
    June 13, 2012, 11:11 pm

    Aude is a badass

  94. BJO
    Newport Beach,Ca.
    June 19, 2012, 1:39 pm

    BAM! POW! CRUNCH!SMASH! KABLOOOOEEY!POW!POW!ZAAAAAM!Only thing missing on the tv screen during this show.Don’t let this happend again NAT GEO.

  95. gerard oneill
    June 23, 2012, 9:14 am

    i deal in leather goods maybe twice a year i travel for meetings look at factories etc but we use the couriers to transport our stock this episode is ridiculous.

  96. paul sharpe
    new york
    June 23, 2012, 9:18 am

    i wasnt in prison with them they were in prison with me!! then u wonder why some foreigners hate us because they say we’re arrogant……………..

  97. clay
    July 1, 2012, 3:19 pm

    This dude kicked major azz. I enjoyed his story. Maybe there was a little extra Hype to his story. Don’t care. It made for great t.v. I’m glad that Eric made it back to the states with his life. Wish him continued success in live n whatever path he chooses. Just don’t agrees to smuggle sh*t again dude…Nat Geo is awesome….keep em’ comin’….

  98. sam gil
    July 6, 2012, 4:15 am

    if i was a betting man I would say you have cried like a little girl on most days,(although I don’t blame you for that) but I accept it wouldn’t have been a half has interesting to watch.
    I also have been arrested in Pakistan and soon realised that cash is king (regardless of guilt) and its obvious to me that you that after the crying you had your relatives sending money paying for every privilege , I WOULD PAY TO HEAR YOUR STORY FROM OTHER PRISONERS OR A GUARD.
    I cant but help wonder how much money you got through it total??

  99. jacob byren
    South Africa
    July 11, 2012, 5:00 am

    Eric was in the prison with me. That place was hell, torture, people did not eat enough. They died. Everyone paid the price to live. Everyone. I watched episode, and know this, it was more graphic in real life. Much more. He did not cry. Ever. He helped us. He helped every body. you people need respect this man. He’s good.

  100. afzhal mohamoud
    July 15, 2012, 5:17 pm

    I was in jail for a NAB case with him. When I heard American was coming, I thought he be dead within 1 week. Men bet on how quickly he die. Much respect for that man for everything he went through. He is survivor.

  101. JTiz
    July 16, 2012, 11:53 pm

    Ha. What crap. I bet you half of the comments supporting that liar Erik are him writing through an alias. Anyone with a brain knows this dork is stroking his own ego in this “documentary”. I’m surprised he didn’t throw in a story or two about how he got some superpowers for a few months during his prison sentence. I agree. Shame on NatGeo for putting this crap out there. Definately takes away from the other accounts which were actually believable. And takes away from NatGeo’s credibility. They should apologize for this show immediately.

  102. Max D
    Pittsburgh, Pa
    July 21, 2012, 11:49 pm

    Dude Erik is the man! I would dream of being so tough and strong enough to handle all of that! I wanna write him a letter!

  103. JZ
    The Middle Earth
    July 30, 2012, 4:09 am

    why doesnt everyone that hates Erik just go talk shit to his face? I think I already know the answer. Because deep down, you know he may be telling the truth. I would bet anything, no body talking him down, would ever have the balls to say shit to him. hahahaha

  104. skittles
    August 1, 2012, 3:41 am

    He just won 54k at the wsop. Cant suck too much being him.

  105. Pistol
    August 6, 2012, 10:42 am

    I’m sorry, but after 3 seconds I thought that this episode was complete BS. First of all, he is a former actor. He made sure that was front and foremost and that any casting directors watching knew exactly who he was. How convenient that he did the acting too. I mean, there are very believable “LOcked up Abroad” episodes out there in which people give details. THis was like a Quinton Terantino movie where he just walked in the jail and starting swinging at everybody in there. “I’ve never lost a fight. They are in jail with me.” Give me a ducking break. Don’t let the part at the end fool you either. Either A) That was all acting and staged or B) He came back abroad from some other trip. However, I bet it was absolutely, positively, nothing like the fictional crap that aired on Nat Geo. Like some other people have said, Shame on Nat Geo for airing that obviously MADE UP episode

  106. They're in jail with me
    Not falling for this
    August 6, 2012, 11:04 am

    I like how he started to learn the language after 4 days in jail. It is also convenient how his Mom sent him lots of money months before he ever called her. How convenient that he decided that his “Pride was more important than his freedom”, however he only ended up getting 2 years in jail anyway.

  107. Locked up Abroad or Kill Bill?
    In front of my TV
    August 6, 2012, 11:07 am

    I think in that scene in which he first walked into the Pakistan jail, Erik Should have told the story about how they fired bullets at him in which he caught with his teeth. He then should have told them how he did the Street Fighter 2 move and knocked out 15 of them with one punch. I also don’t know why he left out the part about how he shot his spider man web out of his hands, wrapped 45 Pakistan, prisoners in it and strangled it with him. I’m also not sure why he left out the part about how he turned into a giant green monster when he beat up guards. And Erik, why didn’t you tell them about how one day you wanted to see if you could kick down the entire wall with your pinky toe, and you did. Or would THAT have seemed unbelievable?

  108. Bain or Erik?
    Gotham City
    August 6, 2012, 11:14 am

    Does everybody know that the character Bain from The Dark Knight Rises was inspired by Erik? However, it is a little inaccurate. Erik could probably break Batman’s back by only using his pinky finger. Erik wouldn’t need to use his knee to break Batman’s back. If Bain were about 150 X stronger and more badass, then he might start to resemble Erik. The prison in which Bain grew up in was nothing compared to the 245 people Erik beat up at once when he entered the Pakistani prison.

  109. Dude, where's the truth?
    Faritytale land
    August 6, 2012, 11:48 am

    Erik went into this Locked Up Abroad hoping that this fabricated story would turn him into the next Jackie Chan/Jean Claude Van/Chuck Norris. How is that working out? There is a difference between Bloodsport and Erik’s Locked up Abroad episode, and that is that Bloodsport is based on a true story. This obviously was not. Erik’s main job at the time this aired was a player on the World Series of Poker. He never even mentions that. I think that the truth is that this guy backpacked Europe and got kicked off a train for not paying the ticket.. Anyone find the similarities to this story and the jail that Bain and Batman were trained in? How convenient that this came out right before the Dark Knight. “I am not in jail with them, they are in jail with me!” “My pride is MORE important than my freedom” Even though I supposedly only got 2 years in jail anyway… I can’t believe I wasted 1 hour of DVR space on that crap

  110. sheelagallagher
    August 19, 2012, 1:54 am

    hey erik i was touch by your story. get a hold me sheela

  111. sheelagallagher
    August 23, 2012, 4:32 am

    hey if u get some time call me i have left u w/ my #.take care good luck in y’re poker tournaments & everything else.kkk

  112. shame on you all
    Bangkok, Thailand
    August 25, 2012, 11:33 pm

    Shame on all of you calling BS on Erik’s story. Shows a lot about where you’ve traveled and your life experiences. If anyone has traveled around the world, you would know that Americans are some of the biggest people on the planet. So it is not far fetched for a bouncer from fucking LA to be the biggest guy in a Pakistan prison when they’re average height is 5’6 – 5’10. America is a country of brawlers (as is Australia, England, etc). What I mean by that is, more than likely if you go into a city in America, walk into a bar talking a shit, you will get your ass handed to you because folks know how to fight. It’s just in our culture. It’s not like that in other places around the world, especially Pakistan. I could go on and on, but obviously commenters aren’t traveled enough or been in situations where they HAVE to protect themselves to live. So keep typing in the safety of your home. Erik lived through something that most of you think is a Hollywood movie. I believe it because I’ve lived through something similar.

  113. md ehtisham
    September 3, 2012, 2:04 pm

    hey guys.. i m a guy from ur so called third world….. i had a misconception about americans dat they are self obsessed and dey blv what ever is put in front of them against us and specially against muslim…. but after reading comments on eric’s story..i will hve to rethink about my opinion….
    now coming to real story…. i dont think he was innocent…. one guy doubted if he was guilty den y he was released so early? answer is… he is an AMERICAN!!!!

  114. Rk pandey
    Delhi, India
    September 3, 2012, 10:40 pm

    Its jut unbelivable. You are a man of great detemination. Liked your attitude. Lot of things can be learnt from your story.

  115. manoj
    September 4, 2012, 8:00 am

    i wish u could write a book on ur experience

  116. yatharth
    September 4, 2012, 8:51 am

    i watched your and all i wanna say is that i want to meet you in real life and I am just a 13 year old teen and you took place as ma role model.

  117. Savio K Mathews
    September 8, 2012, 1:01 pm

    You’ve got balls that I thought were extinct.

  118. John Fanai
    September 8, 2012, 1:49 pm

    Yousuff Raza Gillani, please tell us the truth

  119. Mayank Kukadia
    Ahmedabd, India
    September 9, 2012, 7:09 am

    I felt, I am watching a movie.

    One should make a movie on this and hero must be Eric.

    He is real hero.

    We inspired from you Eric.

  120. sujit jadhav
    September 11, 2012, 9:20 am

    Eric you are awesome and you are my inspiration now, i would like to meet you some day bro….
    yo bro…..

  121. tommy
    hong kong
    September 11, 2012, 11:12 am

    I just watched the episode but it appears to me that there are too many coincidences, such as being beaten up and throwing the prisoner over the ledge, and not being involved in other activities, while in prison. Could someone who has been in Pakistan prisons corroborate this? Nonetheless, I give all credit to Erik for surviving the prison term

  122. ShanghaiSlim
    Hong kong
    September 11, 2012, 11:26 am

    This is the best episode of locked up abroad, despite fictional elements. And be honest, lots of criticism do come from smarty-ass liberal people.
    I began watching this episode almost laughing at Erik. When I finished, I realized Erik Aude is inspiring. Erik, you should be making actions like the Rock and Vin diesel.
    Erik’s understanding of human spirit, depression, and inner strength of core moral beliefs demonstrate he is a Man baptized by life’s hardships. Please, please let us accept the world is bigger, more mysterious than we imagine, and that the age of heroes isn’t dead. Go Erik Aude!

  123. Geoff Spears
    September 11, 2012, 9:41 pm

    Just watched this episode. I usually love these episodes because of the reality of the story, but this episode takes the cake. It was absolutely ridiculous and so, sorry for saying this, but so American. Over the top, full of self importance, exaggerated story line & fictitious. Honestly, if you believe this story, you must think Rambo is a real story. Actually, just watched the ending and it is more like the Rocky v Ivan Drago (Rocky 4?). He says when leaving prison,” I didn’t change, they all changed”. He should have been as humble during the interview as when he was when he returned home. Worst episode by far!!!!

  124. Ani
    September 12, 2012, 8:03 am

    Love you erik
    By seeing you fighting through the last
    now u are my inspiration.
    Love u

  125. Philippa Lynch
    Croydon, England
    September 12, 2012, 4:13 pm

    Just watched Erik in the episode of Banged up Abroad. We always watch these, but this was the best episode. Had me shouting for Erik to beat them when they attacked him and i’m glad he stayed true to himself, despite the horrific conditions and torture. This was definitely a life lesson. Well done Erik you should hold your head high.

  126. Fromthehip
    Penrith UK
    September 12, 2012, 5:13 pm

    I’m no tough guy, but I can tell the difference between a tough guy and a bullshitter. This story was just a bit too Hollywood for my liking. I get that it must of been like hell on earth being locked up in a Pakistani prison, but why couldn’t he just tell the truth instead of making out like he was some kind of real life action hero.

  127. Calling bullsh
    September 12, 2012, 5:19 pm

    What a load of nonsense this episode was.

    Funny to see that the majority of fawning comments are made by women on this blog..

    Meanwhile, I found this from the time: “U.S. embassy officials visit Aude, bringing him mail and ensuring he is being treated and humanely. Aude says he’s the only American in the jail, and fellow prisoners became hostile during the bombing runs during Operation Anaconda, the recent U.S.-led assault on Al Qaeda holdouts in Afghanistan’s Shahikot mountains. “They hate me here,” he says. For that reason (and thanks probably to embassy officials), Aude is confined to solitary. “I’m isolated, completely isolated,” he reports. “It sucks, but it’s for my safety.”

  128. Aidan
    September 12, 2012, 5:40 pm

    This is shocking and completely untrue. None of it is viable and makes no sense. This could not have happened. This is a great series and I have been watching for years but this really disappointed me

  129. kenny
    September 12, 2012, 7:02 pm

    just watched die hard 5 tonight but bruce willis wasnt in it some other unknown actor called Eric was the star not as good as the other 4 though this film was to far fetched no body with a brain cell would beleive it 1 american V 6000 pakistans even rambo would get his ass kicked

  130. thejazeto
    September 13, 2012, 12:48 am


  131. Markio
    All over
    September 13, 2012, 4:19 am

    Sad, sad, sad that his ego and stupidity got the best of National Geographic to endorse this episode. This guy is all ego with no brain. Too many BSsss and he had to act in it. As an American watching this in Singapore, I wished he had carried the opium into this country….he would been executed!!

  132. asian
    September 13, 2012, 4:50 pm

    wow…one big american actor/bouncer dude can bashed the entire jail inmates in pakistan?? even became like their godlike savior in the end??? oh, come on pakistan! are u guys really that weak? i can’t even imagine if 100 big american bouncer dudes come to your country…u might as well just welcome them as your new conquerors..:-D no need for navy seals or the US marines…just send 100 big bouncer like erik aude there and pakistan will surely be kneeling under uncle sam’s foot…geez…americans and their big ego…no wonder lots of people all over the world hate u.

  133. Iamnotgullible
    September 16, 2012, 7:14 pm

    Embarrassing for Nat Geo! Rambo step aside!

  134. kuldeep
    September 21, 2012, 2:38 pm

    i salute the courage and will power!!!!!!

  135. santosh kamble
    September 21, 2012, 3:45 pm

    i watch your episode. you are a such a great guy. you are a fighter how you are facing lot of situation in tha jail. god bless you. i love your spirit.

  136. arjan
    September 24, 2012, 9:33 pm

    I Also have some doubts watching this episode. For those who question Eric beating up an entire prison with the most hardened karachi streetwise criminals who know every dirty trick in the book, dont forget he did this rigtht after allegedly being tortured for three days, (!!!) enduring heavy beatings on his footsoles. and other severe injuries which such beatings would entail. Even a very hard man would hardly be able to walk after 3 days of real torture, let alone taking up a single guy, or 50 … Very disappointing NG!
    I believe some things of the prison story are true, but during the program I got an uneasy feeling how unmoved he was when talking about this adventure.
    Even when he talked of his own possible death he didnt move a muscle. It seemed all very much like a play…
    Just a lucky guy who made his own story, or a very scary guy without any feelings.

    NG made that prison look like a horrible place but here I read he ad a laptop and was able to use laptops and phones inside! There is a lot not making sense te more I read about this.

  137. CHRIS
    london town
    September 25, 2012, 11:00 am


  138. Hammi
    September 25, 2012, 9:17 pm

    LMAO ive heard better Hollywood scripts than this fabricated bullcrap. He cant be serious. He probably had his arse handed to him in jail so he decided to stretch the truth because his career could need bragging points in Hollywood. Nat Geo = struck gold.

    Also, people on Pakistani streets dont touch you unless you dont use common sense. Theyre known for being extremely social and open minded, even welcoming. So its pretty obvious that they’d try to COMMUNICATE with you first before raising an issue. But no, Erik’s version is that of an intimidating “Middle Eastern country”. Pakistan is a South Asian country FYI, pretty much what India is if you find it hard to understand.

    Its disgusting how he depicts Pakistan as a somewhat scary and unforgiving place. Oh hey uh, i thought California alone was scary? Having the worst gang bangers in all of the States? *sarcasm* My point is dude is living a fantasy here if he thinks that travelling to Pakistan will cause you nothing but trouble. And if anyone believes that, well, keep buying those DVDs if your life is dependent on them for some reason. Ive heard better fiction.

  139. Cesar
    Fairfax, VA
    September 28, 2012, 3:14 pm

    Those who are making silly comments about Erik’s story are just ignorant and disrespectful. Erik’s story is an inspirational one. Erik deserves respect and not criticism for telling his personal story.

  140. Elena
    London, UK
    October 5, 2012, 1:30 pm

    The fact people kept questioning he’d even make it out alive proves how tough it is. The only way to survive in situations like that is to become useful (which he did by getting stuff for people) and strong enough to survive the hammering you get. And even then it’s still a question of luck and making the right friends. Plus, did you see the live filmed footage of him returning home in 2004? He was built as a bulldozer (and still is). He really was a tough guy.

    @Hammi: he wasn’t exactly going on holiday there, was he? I doubt Pakistani are welcoming when catch you smuggling drugs.

  141. Karan Agarwal
    October 8, 2012, 9:16 am

    Having read most of the comments, I have made a few observations. I share them with you :-

    1.) 70% of the people think its bullshit and 30% people think his story is correct.
    2.) Of the 30% who believe him, over 90% have feminine sounding names or names who I believe belong to members of the fairer sex
    3.) Compounding the above two observations – I guess tough looking muscular guys should be used when you need to lie to a woman

    BTW – I also believe much of the story is quite a bit exaggerated. Pakistan is a country full of religious hotheads who wouldn’t mind killing a person just for the simple fact that he/she is not a muslim. White People (Not being racist but you will stand out in that country as opposed to an Indian or an Arab) – you should definitely avoid Pakistan whether its leisure or work !!

  142. Bijoy
    October 8, 2012, 1:18 pm

    This is the most gripping episode I have seen……you are my real-life hero Erik. In my darkest moments, I will remember your ordeal and try to keep going. The most I got from this episode is how to survive the ‘next five minutes’.

  143. hemant borade
    October 9, 2012, 8:56 am

    Sir yesterday watced ur tv shw……i m inspired frm …..
    Sir i was send request on fb plz add me …. my self
    hemant borade ..frm India

  144. Shahid Mela
    Lahore, Pakista
    October 13, 2012, 12:08 pm

    It was an interesting and entertaining episode. The story is not that incredible as some people have expressed it to be. The prison fight scene could have been exaggerated but not all that unbelievable. Reality is stranger than fiction. I have seen Pakistani jails from inside. A relative was once posted as an Assistant Superintendent in the same jail. All people are not bad in Pakistan. The jails here are not as dangerous as some of the maximum security facilities of California which are infested with racially oriented gangs. They are nothing like the jails they show in Columbia and some the other South American countries. Having lived in the U.S. for a number of years, I can relate to how Erik when going through the ordeal. I would have tried to help if I knew about him and came across him. I do believe he was duped into this situation and was innocent. Yousef Raza Gillani who bacame Prime Minister was once imprisoned there and actually so was the current President. It is not all that unusual for the former Prime Minister to be inviting Erik often for dinner. In Pakistan if is not that unusual to happen. People are much friendlier than they are perceived to be. No one expected Gillani to be the Prime Minister one day. If Erik comes back for a visit, he could easily visit him. He is out of office now and quite accessable. Educated people react very differntly to westerners than the ordinary Pakistanis. People every where have so much in common and in some ways they are so different. That makes life interesting. I am glad Erik is now safe and back in Southern California appreciating life more. He has a lot to thankful for. People this is my opinion and I could be wrong so take it easy and don’t get excited over it…and yes torture is very common to extract confessions…and considered easier to pursue that trying to collect any forensic evidence which is almost non existent. The judicial system is totally flawed and it is very common for the innocent to be declared guilty and vice versa. Acutally absence of a fair judicial system is one of the biggest problems in the country. I have tried to stay objective and don’t want to take any side. I am currently living in Paksitan.

  145. Roger That
    Los Angeles
    October 15, 2012, 7:42 pm

    LMFAO. Erik is so full of himself. He’s an amateur poker player who does bit parts in commercials and cheesy sitcoms and brags about it on his Twitter site.

    I know the guy. Played poker with him at his place in Sherman Oaks.

    He’s a liar. He’s on coke or meth cause he can’t sit still. The Nat-Geo story is a crock and made me dumbfounded at the retards who green lit it.

    Erik needs his ego stroked daily. He must watch his Nat Geo show over and over, cradling his pud and jizzing on pictures of himself.

    So sad. So very, very sad.

  146. S.C.
    United States
    October 17, 2012, 8:07 pm

    At the very least, this story is heavily embellished.
    How much fact-checking does Nat Geo do on these stories?

    His sexist comment that he would make the other prisoners his “woman” just made me dislike this caveman even more.

  147. Monique
    Groningen Holland
    October 21, 2012, 9:09 am

    It looks to me as if te mean comments on this page are from the kids who used to bash him in school and are now jealous of his looks. I just wanna say this, i was’nt there and i don”t know him but if any of the people who commented here was in a Pakistani prison they would have cried their eyes out just like me. Maybe some of the things were a bit overdrawn but fact is that he was truly in that prison and he got out alive. And that is a whole lot more than any of us can say. I don’t care if they treat you like a princess the whole time your there, if you’re the only american in a Pakistani prison, in wartime, you reallly really and i mean really wanna just go home.

    Ps; being a girl also, love u Eric

  148. Monique
    groningen Holland
    October 21, 2012, 9:13 am

    That being said; i did’nt like the comment he made about the prisoners being his women. I was like;” why? do you beat them too?

  149. Spulk
    October 22, 2012, 12:44 pm

    I just saw this episode, oh, Lord. Ha ha ha ha ha ha! Oh my damn! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! This guy’s story! Ha ha ha ha ha!

  150. Spulk
    October 22, 2012, 12:47 pm

    It amazes me that anybody is dumb and naive enough to believe this guy’s story.

  151. Meeso Hore Knee
    October 23, 2012, 9:17 pm

    My Time Warner VOD now has a wicked case of VD after watching this dill weed’s episode.

    I am guessing since he is a failed actor (only does bit parts in failing sitcoms) he figured he would “star” in his own “story”.

    Wow. Even fast forwarding it, I will never get those 90 seconds back that I lost watching this piece of drek.

    If he would have just admitted he knew there were drugs stitched into the fabric, I would give this guy a pass. But he wants us to believe he was unaware.

    Just like that sweet line uttered by De Niro in Casino:

  152. Rodney Valentine
    November 6, 2012, 1:20 am

    Regardless of what people might have to say,getting out alive from a Pakistani hell hole is quite an achievement. Good luck to you buddy .

  153. J s
    November 11, 2012, 1:58 am

    So u mean to tell me a 21 year old kid went in and beat the crud outa buncha grown men , no matter what race, if u have played football or boxed u know the difference in hand strength between a kid (punk in his case) and a full grown man , he couldn’t take out 30 midgets let alone 20 pakis, u people r making Americans look so stupid !

  154. Huibert
    The Netherlands
    November 11, 2012, 4:13 pm

    Pretty amazing story… pretty amazing…

  155. Dominika
    November 12, 2012, 7:00 am

    I think you `re Amazing!!.This is the most intense episode I`ve seen.
    YOU freaking rock!!!

  156. faisal
    November 23, 2012, 5:01 pm

    after seeing the episode, i can only say HE IS A LIER….

  157. Albert Barton
    Mumbai, India
    November 24, 2012, 1:22 am

    Pretty amazing story. V poss it’s almost all true. Ppl do silly things esp. when it’s ‘go aboard and do me a favour’ type thing. Yup, if a big tough yank weighing about 120+ K and who’s trained in some fighting techniques take on a bunch of about 50 SE Asian hardcases in prison, he would make a sizeable impact because the avg SE Asian dude is no streetfighter, more used to wrestling and just cannot face a good puncher. They’d back down. The torture is real. Him learning the few phrases he did would be extremely plausible. Him keeping his sanity by becoming socially aware and a volunteer is exactly what most people who come out of prison on the top do. He calls those prisoners ‘his bitches’ which is a common phrase which ND had to censor to ‘woman’. It’s amazing he came out

  158. Albert Barton
    Mumbai, India
    November 24, 2012, 1:25 am

    … alive and positive. I’m sure these episodes are researched. If you’ve not been in a position where all seemed lost, you will not be able to appreciate the sheer guts of the man, and the spirit with which he approached his position. Cheers, Eric and the NG team.

  159. Nick
    USA (Sorry to admit this after watching this load of crap)
    November 24, 2012, 4:06 pm

    I can’t believe anyone would believe this story or anything this guy says. He is a bouncer in Hollywood and maybe does extra parts in a few B movies. He doesn’t travel the world winning poker tournaments or own a house let alone a restaurant. He is a wanna be actor that took a show that captures real event and twisted it to make himself look like Jason Bourne and get two more minutes of fame. I’m disappointed in NatGeo in taking and showing this episode. You’ve discredited the series!

  160. brandie
    palm harbor fl
    November 24, 2012, 4:13 pm

    You are a true man. I admire you courage and your f%&$ you attatude. What an inspiration you. I know you’ ll never see this but you are a role model for all those sissy girly skinny jean wearing pansy so called men

  161. TD
    November 24, 2012, 4:35 pm

    Bullshit and dissapointing that NG would produce this. This guy new waht he was doing.

  162. Chris Maurice
    New York
    November 24, 2012, 4:58 pm

    Over the years, interacting with people from many countries and cultures, I have to say, Pakistani people are one of the most friendliest [if not the most] people on this planet. Erik is a fool to think of Pakistani women as American sluts ready for his chauvinistic non sense on an open street among many other dumb decisions he made. That fool deserved his ordeal and the dumb viewers deserved the ramboism displayed on that idiot box. Ratings rule. And a few lies don’t hurt it either.

  163. chuck norris
    November 25, 2012, 12:06 am

    to the twisted souls that are calling bs on this story: you are all ignorant as heck too and have clearly never set foot outside this country, certainly nothing third world except maybe tj. i don’t know this guy personally but i have pretty much the same attitude on life, and anyone that sees/hears me thinks i am the biggest valley girl space cadet ever and a total dumb barbie. even though i’m not blonde and not even caucasian. i’ve been stoned, literally stoned in muslim areas for walking by myself (even though i’m totally respectful and only have a few inches of skin exposed to see/breathe) and successfully fought off rapists in remote um, areas (don’t ask or i’ll have to kill you, heh). even though i was only 105 pounds (and i’m 5’11”) at most at the time–the average guy like that in a third world country is probably an average of, i dunno, whatever, but they are super tiny (I would tower over everyone there, men and women) and unbelievably skinny. can you imagine how much tinier they would be wasting away in a jail??? i have been in situations that if i told you, you would say would not be possible and that i had to be outright fabricating, or at the very least exaggerating, and for the noblest of causes and reasons and yet here i am, still giggling and talking like a valley girl and having douches (scuse the french, i’m actually very polite in person but i feel like a generalized internet post is sort of a victimless crime) roll their eyes at me when all i ever am is as kind and loving as i can possibly be to others, even after being betrayed again and again, even by the same person. do you have any idea what kind of strength that takes? i feel it’s so far beyond your reality you literally cannot conceive it. everyone says i’m unbelievably naive and gullible, but the thing is, i am so. so much more aware of umm, like everything that pretty much most everyone is even conscious of and i MAKE A CHOICE to always, always assume the best of people even though i am constantly getting burned because PEOPLE ALWAYS THINK THE WORST OF ME and think i’m lying when i’m the kindest, most noble, most honorable person i know (except now maybe erik, ha!) AND IT IS ONE OF THE WORST FEELINGS IN THE WHOLE WORLD and i never want anyone to have to experience it, at least not on my watch. comment to be continued…

  164. chuck norris
    November 25, 2012, 12:26 am

    …continued from earlier: like erik, i’ve learned that staying to myself is pretty much the only way to not go crazy having to even contemplate that jackal ignoramuses (like the ones on this comment board) even exist. yeah, i’ve never even had a boyfriend (but still get chased down by talent scouts from model agencies whenever i go to ny), not that anyone that sees me believes that. wait, haha, how did it get to this point. aaanyway, i just came here to tell erik that was the most amazing story i’ve ever seen and i’ve looked death in the face on more than a few occasions (although instead of laughing into it, i would usually be a screaming so high, it was beyond human sound. like, literally). i was no joke crying at the end of it. and then i come here and see people saying these things and…aaargh!!! guys, you know he reads this. how. dare. you. i also realize that probably no one will believe what i say either or think i’m just some deluded mental patient or something. to anyone who doesn’t believe me or thinks that i’m even exaggerating, just a little, all i can say is: y’all have yo heads stuck so far up yo backsides you see everything as poop. that’s your punishment for having such twisted souls. you have no idea how amazing and wonderful this world, and SOME people can be. enjoy your universe made of poop, mmkay?

    but i don’t really care if none of y’all (don’t know where this country twang is coming from, i just feel like my valley girlspeak isn’t enough here for a confrontation or something, ha) believe me, cause i know if erik reads this, he will, and that’s really all i care about. i absolutely must give him props cause dang does he deserve it, especially after all these jackass comments. also, nat geo, pleeease post these comments or at least forward them to erik even though i gave a bogus email here (i’m on an anonymous connection for reasons that are the complete opposite of nefarious).

    lastly, erik, i am currently in the la area and if you’re still a bouncer (as it appears you were at some point, judging from these comments), well… i was gonna have a secret passphrase to tell you in case i ever made my way down to where you work (i have no way to reliably connect to you online or anything, given the unreliable anonymous connections, etc), but i realize on this public forum anyone could see it and mess with you. so instead, if you ever see a very tall, very frumpy lady shuffle towards you (i’m slightly younger than you but the way i dress has had people calling me ma’am since i was 14), don’t write her off. i clean up ok, if i do say so myself. everyone (including my own parents!) thinks i’m lesbian probably from the way i dress, but honestly i’ve just never found any man even half worthy enough to spend any amount of time on.

    so all you haters can choke on that. i know this scenario sounds like something from a movie, but erik baby, you are a natural born star and your life will always be more wild and wonderful than any movie.

  165. dumbasses
    Los Angeles
    November 27, 2012, 12:38 am

    There are so many internet warriors talking shit. To the guy that said he was on meth or drugs, you’re a piece of shit. The guy has never touched a drug. He doesnt even drink. He’s just a very positive guy whose happy. He’s helpful to others. He does charities throughout the year. He goes out of his way for others. He is a professional poker player and has played in quite a few countries some of the biggest tournaments out there. He’s part owner of 6 resteraunts/bars. He acts in tv, movies, and commercials. He does way more than any of you guys, and would probably help your pathetic asses out if you ever needed it. You bash him because you’re jealous. no other reason. Guys a great guy and to see this slander and hatred towards him is just sad. He’s been through more than anyone, and because he’s handled situations differently than most would have and because he simply survived, he’s hated for it. Pathetic.

  166. Manish
    December 1, 2012, 12:51 pm

    I saw ur story on ngc. I salute ur bravery and willingness to fight with adverse situation. U did right thing and i feel that U r a real hero. If i will come usa in future i really like to meet u.

  167. niamh
    December 8, 2012, 6:42 pm

    oh my god americans… really? you really think that an American just accidentally got involved in drug smuggling, took out all the top men in the prison including the prison security,,, bare handed..,, really? come one?! I really try to support all cultures and when people tell me Americans are stupid I defend them… but my god are you killing me here

  168. eugene
    December 10, 2012, 5:32 pm

    Best episode, what happend to u is surreal. Best wishes !

  169. Chris
    December 17, 2012, 11:52 am

    Sorry one of the worst documentaries I ve seen in National Geographic. Too bad about his adventure and I wish no human being pass something like that but Erik seems so much egomaniac and show off guy that is not up to the standards of the national geographic quality of documentaries… Understandable that he passed a hell in there and I was quite happy seeing him beating up this guard but all the interview his style and tone is so repellent. Plus you have to be really stupid not to question that 10 jackets could be delivered with a simple post office or ship and you just go there like an innocent puppy to deliver them… just a bit untrue the story but even if it is all true the style of this guy is really the wannabe ”hard” show off.. But still sorry for the horrible experience.. You just hope after a story like that the ego would fall a bit..

  170. Chris
    December 17, 2012, 12:34 pm

    Sorry one of the worst documentaries I ve seen in National Geographic. Too bad about his adventure and I wish no human being pass something like that but Erik seems so much egomaniac and show off guy that is not up to the standards of the national geographic quality of documentaries… Understandable that he passed a hell in there and I was quite happy seeing him beating up this guard but all the interview his style and tone is so repellent. Plus you have to be really stupid not to question that 10 jackets could be delivered with a simple post office or ship and you just go there like an innocent puppy to deliver them… just a bit untrue the story but even if it is all true the style of this guy is really the wannabe ”hard” show off.. But still sorry for the horrible experience.. You just hope after a story like that the ego would fall a bit..

  171. Serena
    January 1, 2013, 8:02 pm

    Eric ur episode made me cry. So much pain. without a shadow of a doubt the saddest and most thought provoking episode i’v ever seen

  172. Azz Iff
    January 6, 2013, 8:51 am

    Im pretty sure he used the laptop he bought in there to fabricate this roid raging BS while he had all that time on his hands. Probably bought a vhs copy of Lock Up or Tango And Cash and made up this crud embellishment of his time there. The most BS bit was that he kicked the shite out of a guard but instead of getting his sentence extended or doing some serious time in solitary like would happen in 99% of prisons he just dialled Jesus and got the dude fired! PUH-LEASSE!! Oh and how creepy was him sleazing on the girls and then punching out their dad. Typical meathead bouncer.

  173. Sai
    January 8, 2013, 9:56 pm

    I’ve watched quite a few Locked Up Abroad episodes and the overwhelming theme of the show is how stupid, greedy (and sometimes naive) the protagonist feels after undergoing such an ordeal in a foreign country. They feel remorseful and are reformed after the experience; but not this Erik guy! He is the epitome of what it means to be an “Ugly American”. You dare to go to Pakistan post 9/11, break their law, get caught and instead of coming clean, plead “Not Guilty”? Who are you kidding? You think it is easy bashing up fellow criminals without getting pulverized? By filming and airing this episode, Nat Geo has insulted all the others who sold their true stories. I don’t think Erik will ever learn his lessons, but I hope Nat Geo has learnt theirs.

  174. Selena
    January 11, 2013, 12:48 pm

    Hey Eric,just saw your story and i really appreciate that despite all those horrible tortures you stood by the truth…i have one question if someone asks you to go to Pakistan will you go there again ?

  175. guru ov greatness
    January 11, 2013, 1:33 pm

    Eric was innocent i appericiate that he kept his words…!

  176. Saqib Ilyas
    January 11, 2013, 1:35 pm

    January 1, 8:02 pm

    Eric ur episode made me cry. So much pain. without a shadow of a doubt the saddest and most thought provoking episode i’v ever seen

  177. Lovely singh
    January 12, 2013, 5:28 am

    Its hilarious how some my dumb retarded Indian fellows has started worshiping this liar as a role model or a hero
    and a 13 year teeny boy is ready to sleep with him

    but we have intelligent comments too from guys like arjan and karan agarwal.

    if white people are well fed or built and have control over world media cant make us belive all of ur BS

  178. Abhijeet Sejwal
    January 12, 2013, 6:15 am

    You are really a damn tough guy. I like the way you beat that guards and prisoners.I want to be tough like you and I will definitely become that person

  179. Sameer
    January 14, 2013, 1:04 am

    Erik, stay strong. I just saw this episode yesterday and while unbelievable, it showed your strength, character and the fact that even in such circumstances, YOU can choose the outcome. Stay strong ! wish you the best

  180. Shon
    January 18, 2013, 3:14 pm

    True or lie. Dont care. I would have equally liked it if it was some movie. Erik, We all need attitude towards life like you have.

  181. Ajay
    January 23, 2013, 11:12 am

    i am sure this also happens in usa, where many of the foreigners are treated badly like this but it isnt shown on tv.

  182. Fakhri
    January 24, 2013, 12:35 am

    Erik, if the stories i heard was real.. u should join UFC and start a career as a fighter… you’d be kicking ass LOL just sayin’

  183. Lindsay
    January 24, 2013, 11:47 pm

    Just watched this episode of Locked Up Abroad..I agree, this was the most unreal story yet..How did his broken fingers heal? I have so many questions……Good story for a comic book super hero. You would think the producers of the show would have realised that his experiences were a bit too far fetched.

  184. Dennis
    Vancouver, Canada
    January 24, 2013, 11:52 pm

    Just finished watching your episode and I felt compelled to tell you that your strength and will to fight through those circumstances is inspirational. “Well done!”

  185. Carson Bawkovy
    January 25, 2013, 12:08 am

    Who wouldnt think there is something suspicious about bringing a suitcase back from one of those countries. Any smart person would carefully check it all before travelling. Myself, I would have transferred everything into my own clean duffel bag for sure.

  186. Maddy Kylee
    Vancouver, BC
    January 25, 2013, 3:18 pm

    You only did this show for the money and your acting was terrible. I really enjoy this show and could only put up with you for 15 mins.

  187. Neil
    January 25, 2013, 4:13 pm

    This guy is the lance armstrong of LUA.

  188. rafique choudhury
    January 25, 2013, 8:29 pm

    I’ve been watching banged/locked up abroad for a few years now and found them all to be credable . While watching Erik Aude my first impression was what an arrogent s.o.b. but I was intregued , but skeptical ! Then the penny dropped , after he beat the shit out of the one guard and dragged his unconsious body out of the cell , he returnd to the cell put on his hoody put tissue in his mouth as you would a mouth guard and called out all the guards . That was a scene directly out of the Hurricane with Danzel Washington about boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter . For all of you who believe this guy is who he portrays himself to be ,……I wouldn’t bet on it !

  189. rafique choudhury
    January 25, 2013, 10:00 pm

    Nat Geo has just lost some credability with the Erik Aude story !! Erik Aude would give Rambo and Rocky a run for there money !! LOL

  190. bigfan
    January 26, 2013, 10:51 pm

    It’s sad that someone can’t freely tell their story without the criticism of people who wouldn’t believe a good story for the sole purpose of it being remarkable. People don’t want to believe that those things really happen in those prisons/ other parts of the world, but they do… and we should be aware of what really goes on. It’s not all sunshine and butterflies in other countries as it is in the US and if your answer to that is “we’ll its not here either” you’re wrong, and more naive than you realize, being an American citizen alone is a blessing. i don’t believe this story was exaggerated, i just believe you people don’t want to get out of your comfort zone and believe it. It’s easier to believe it’s not true, or that he was guilty…. but there are situations in all our lives where we probably looked back and thought “that could have ended badly” i feel bad for all you people who are so critical of other people… it’s people like you that make the world so harsh, and I’m sick of hearing your pointless critiques.

  191. Linda
    January 28, 2013, 12:17 pm

    I don’t think that it was untrue story. I do believe in the horrific things that happen to Eric while he was in prison. I think no one expects Pakistani prison to be a spa hotel. If you people have at least some little knowledge on human rights, you would know, that there are no human rights respected in Pakistani prisons and torturing of prisoners are widely known and reported by various human rights organisations.
    It is very uplifting that how a person being so mistreated inside the prison, could survive it.
    I also don’t like all the condemnation and criticism which I found in many comments. People, learn how to be compassionate to another human beings.

  192. rafique choudhury
    January 29, 2013, 8:50 am

    No one said these things never happend to Erik Aude or that these things don’t happen in prison , what the less gulable people are questioning is Erik’s Ramboesk telling of the story !!!

  193. hal
    February 2, 2013, 11:19 am

    THAT WAS SO FAKE!! THIS GUY IS SO FULL OF IT WELL SEEN HE IS FROM HOLLYWOOD MOVIES USED TO MAKE RELIVE!! PEOPLE ARE SO DUMB IF THEY BELIEVE HIS VERSION OF EVENTS.. !! This should never been shown on national geographic as it undermines the real ones.. Go U>S>A ha ha ha this guy is full of sh** yeah and then he took on 500 men all by himself and kicked there asses too then breath fire from his mouth and flew out of there on a magic carpet that he bride the guard with magic beans for!! pmsl american actors are funny still to rubbish movies lier!! bet he got! slapped about silly and probably more if you get my meaning!!

  194. hal
    February 2, 2013, 11:24 am

    This guy was a drug nuke nothing more nothing less bringing misery to people’s life, god only now how many times he got away with it and flooded schools with smack!!! junkies etc.. bad man !! and a worst actor!!!! so fake !! wake up people..!!!

  195. bibbert
    February 2, 2013, 7:08 pm

    erik, sir, you are one of the most awesome people i have ever seen!!! it is really inspiring to see a human being that makes the most of and embraces all of the gifts that we are bestowed as a race! it is absolutely horrible what happened to you! it made me happy to see you kicking ass!! i would never want to go through that experience or anything even remotely similar. i didn’t once doubt your credibility because crazy messed up stuff happens to people all of the time!!! life is truly stranger than fiction and the universe is infinite!!! and bless you for having the inner strength and integrity to overcome that horrific ordeal!!!! your are a true, real-life hero and you are an inspiration to me and my family!!!!! thank you thank you thank you for telling your story! i hope your life is nothing but awesome forever!!!

  196. P.N.
    February 23, 2013, 4:59 am

    I believe your story.

  197. staninvancouver
    Vancouver, Canada
    March 10, 2013, 11:04 pm

    Loved the show. I was in a dungeon/prison in Greece because I was falsely accused too. The military police thought I was an assassin becuase I had inadvertently entered the palace grounds in Athens. I was brutally beaten on the grounds, in their military vehicle and in the smelly dungeon which had a single low watt lightbulb swinging to the beat of their clubs. The most pain I remember was my ear when they were jumping on my head. I was released after only 3 days, I was dropped unceremoniously on the curb one morning They gave me back my passport so I could officially leave the country. This was in January, 1973.

    This episode was incredible. Loved it. I am not sure if I could endure 3 days of torture though, especially now that I am used to the bourgeosie life. The worst might be to do without espressos and Netflix. Now, that is real torture.

    Love the series. Never miss it. Liked the one about the contractor in Iraq and the German and Israelis who were kidnapped in Columbia.

    Keep up the great work. NatGeo.

  198. Michael P. Shipley
    March 16, 2013, 9:08 am

    Pakistan and Ray and Erik are not to blame for what happened to Erik, it’s the US. The US PAYS Pakistan billions of dollars every year. One of the requirements to receive that money is to agree to criminalize drugs. It’s all part of the US war on drugs, which is really just a war on cheap drugs that compete with the beer, cigarette, and pharmaceutical industries. Tell your government representative to stop the war on drugs and this brutal war will end. Do it now.

  199. sharon
    April 14, 2013, 3:16 pm

    the part of eric’s interview i did not believe was the cruelty of people doubting his story, calling him a liar after all he’s went thru and being self-righteous and obnoxious trolls – i guess i have to believe him now

  200. Danger Nut
    Reality Town
    April 14, 2013, 4:57 pm

    This episode was pure BS and NatGeo has lost all credility by airing this crap. I’ll never watch Locked Up Abroad again. This needs to be labeled as what it is: fiction.

  201. OMG
    Beverly hills
    April 16, 2013, 7:39 am


  202. Jason
    April 17, 2013, 1:20 pm

    DAMN………The people who think this is BS are brutal. I dont doubt he added a lil here or there but people you have seen this show b4 right? The only way you survive is BEING THE CRAZIEST ,BADDEST , MOFO you can be in foregin lockup . Theres been pleanty of guys on this show who right off the bat had to FIGHT and show no fear. I think most of you wish you could have done what he did but problary woulda got ur ass kicked and cried ur self to sleep most nights. I have a good buddy with the same mentality as this guy and I could literally see him doing and acting the same way as I watched the show cause he is full of pride,COCKY , a lil arrogant , POMPIS,ect….. because he can be and thats the way he IS. ERIK congrats on going thru everything and coming out a better version of YOU b4 you went in. All these people doubting are just soul-less , weak , mistrusting , sad sad individuals who problary woulda slit there wrists or if they survived would be hooked on dis or dat DRUG cause I CANT DEAL WITH IT………

  203. sorry for future prisoners in pakistan
    April 21, 2013, 3:53 am

    Sai from Hyderabad said it perfectly…i really could not have said it any better, I am glad I am not the only one who realized this is BS, that means not every american is a zombie with the intelligence of a 13 year old and I too feel badly for those who have sold thier true story to NatGeo, only to be mocked by this charlatan Erik Aude.Now any american that gets cought in Pakistan will pay the price for the lies of Erik, they will make sure no american can go back to USA and say they beat up all the guards and the prisoners in any prison in and around Pakistan. You can thank Erik for future deaths of americans in foreign prisons all over the world, no country would want an amrican going around saying he kicked all their asses and thumb his knose at them on TV. THANK YOU ERIK, FOR KILLING AMERICANS ABROAD!! I am disgusted not only by Erik, but more by the people who believe this story, it is very scary, these are the same people on juries, police, judges, governers, PRESIDENT BUSH, people in position of power basically, it is very scary. It seems the dumber they are the more they breed, we will lose america to stupidity…sad….very very sad.

  204. ANTHONY
    sao paulo, brazil
    April 21, 2013, 7:02 pm


  205. Fre
    April 27, 2013, 10:06 am

    I’ve got a hard time believing some of the stuff he told… Especialy since he didn’t really seem too upset/emotional about some of it, but I can believe that he got tricked, since I’ve heard years ago about such things+ I got tricked into borrowing money to “friends” who never ever payed me back + one of them abused me fysicly.anyways eric. have a good life and I wish I could enjoy all the things like you mention

  206. abhi rai
    April 30, 2013, 4:41 am

    Bruaaahah natgeo beat comedy central on this one.
    1. Well the degree of stupidity of a person is too personal a trait to be effectively measured by others.So, maybe he is as stupid as he claims to be (though highly unlikely).
    2.once he realised how stupid he has been, instead of cursing himself his PRIDE kicks in??? Proud of being a moron???
    3.he starts running from a small room full of cops deep inside the airport and is immediately fired upon????? And that too by a machine gun wow…and all the bullet missed him???.
    4.he is beaten up on the sole of his feet and hung for 3 days….all.hhe takes all that because hey!! Hes proud of being a moron.
    5.So our guy all tortured and beaten up enters the prison to find a pack of 40 pounders waiting to attack him…so he easily whips ALL of them in shape and throws one for good measure.
    6.none of them had any weapons of course hey!! Theyre just criminals for god’s sake. (Helll even women in those numbers
    would beat you up good btw.)
    7.hes kept with death row convicts who are all 60 plus skeletons who leave him alone.
    ………infact im bored of typing the sheer amount of nonsense in this story…is appalling truly…great step forward after the earlier BS SOn of saddam…that is a complete lie…enuff info on the net about that.
    …..Hey tough guy dint you “break into tears” after your sentencing. ..so much for PRIDE…Bruaaahah

  207. Geert
    May 14, 2013, 6:47 am

    hahaha, what a great actor.

    ow yes, did you know he’s actually also a professional Dodgeball player, who was featured in the show ‘foursome’ on Playboy TV? He didn’t get a lot of ‘action’ there… What a loser.

  208. Sandy
    May 16, 2013, 8:49 pm

    What, if this is not just a bad attempt at being on TV again, did he not think, why am I going to pick up leather jackets to bring back, all expenses paid, WHEN!!, they could have shipped them for so much cheaper?

    I think this didn’t happen to him lol.

  209. Jack
    SFV, CA
    June 6, 2013, 2:16 am

    He’s an ACTOR! What a crock of BS. At this point he probably believes his own story. I’m sure it wasn’t fun but I think he watched OZ just before the interview. I have a feeling Erik will be visiting a US prison at some point. Don’t think he will fair as well there. Very entertaining episode though.

  210. Kim
    June 7, 2013, 12:12 pm

    I saw his episode and found it awsome but i didnt believe these things the way he told it really happend.I did believe he was caught smuggling unknowingly opium but the fights after he was tortured exce.. i dont believe it..But wat really doesn’t make sense is his answers to all the questions they don’t sound like anyone who has been tru hell would tell it like that, and say they had fun and sutch.He still remains a great actor i’m glad he is safe.

  211. Yerdz
    June 11, 2013, 2:58 pm

    HAHAHAHA….. What a character, in Australia we say NEVER LET THE TRUTH GET IN THE WAY OF A GOOD STORY….LOL

  212. rashed
    June 18, 2013, 9:01 am

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    If someone wants a review there are already sites that do them and are doing only that. This site isn’t that and it should never be.It’s not like it’s hard to find a review today for anything.

  213. Seamus
    June 23, 2013, 10:39 am

    Who really cares if its real or fabricated. People.. its a TV show that is intended to entertain people. Get a life.

  214. ahmad malik
    July 10, 2013, 4:53 pm

    i watch your show in geo graphic channel how is your ears now i want to tell u that every pakistani is not same some are bad and some good plz forgive us for that behaviour

  215. janu
    July 11, 2013, 2:57 pm

    Thank you so much Erik….. you inspired me alot yr…you such behaved hero….. a real hero….. we always dis-respect the things we have but never thing for a second that we are lucky to have that….. really you taught alot of things…… thank you for your showing bravo spirit… ♥

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  217. Dan
    August 26, 2013, 5:53 am

    Could barely watch this tale of complete bullshit. Even more embarrassing to see that some people on here actually believed it all. Quick Google search shows a very different version…


    “Nearly every day, former movie actor Erik Aude writes to his mother from his prison cell in Pakistan.

    He tells her about the beatings he has endured, the executions he has witnessed. He tells her about his boredom and despair, and the wasting away of his once-chiseled weightlifter’s body. Sometimes, the 23-year-old muses about suicide.”

    Nothing to be ashamed of, but should have told that version rather than the Hollywood Action Hero bollocks. National Geographic need to take a serious look at why this was allowed to be aired like this, damages the credibility of what has seemed to be a very honest and thought-provoking series.

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  219. Yuck
    October 7, 2013, 7:39 am

    Wow… This episode on locked up and abroad was awful… And somehow this interview was even worse! He says ‘I used to think people on this show were guilty and deserved to go to jail’ well the show started in 2007 and supposedly his experience happened in 2001… Not sure how that works. And he learned two languages yet in the show he couldn’t communicate.. Hm.. Also, to all the people on here saying Pakistan hates Americans and good for him for surviving, if that’s true he wouldn’t have been able to smuggle in all that junk he claims in this interview. And how the heck is he paying the bill for that cellphone he claims to have? Come on guys, this just screams failed egotist desperately seeking attention with a hint of pathological liar. You should be ashamed Nat Geo. and this is disrespectful to those who have told true stories on locked up and abroad.

  220. OpenEyes
    October 8, 2013, 5:53 am

    DHL or USPS anyone? Yup! GUILTY.
    NatGeo, try again. Remember you’re not E!News.

  221. Rajesh
    October 14, 2013, 4:34 am

    You are one amazing guy. I watch the beating and torture. I am so glad for the happy ending. I wish you well.
    And Also Now I am great fan of you and your breavry and coolness.

  222. Mark S
    November 17, 2013, 11:36 pm

    I’ll give some of you doubters some anecdotal information here so you can maybe grasp a few things. I’ve lived in the Philippines now for almost 3 years. FACT: Americans (and most westerners) are BIG (very BIG) compared to others in the world. I can attest to this 100%. The contrast is stark. When I walk around (I am about 6′ 2″ and 260 pounds) I am the biggest guy to be seen anywhere. I have a friend here who is just a little shorter and a bodybuilder – also HUGE compared to anyone here anywhere. I have never seen anyone here (not one) that I was afraid of or ever felt like I might be in physical danger. Even if there were many of them, I can likely single out one or two and make a HUGE example. But I can assure you most are never going to mess with you if you are big. Street justice in undeveloped countries is the way things go. As a foreigner, you MUST, I repeat MUST walk with a swagger that says “do not mess with me”. Otherwise, people will detect weakness and you become a victim.

    I don’t know this guy. But I know he was a big guy (and known to be a badass) when he entered that prison. The way the initial fight was depicted could be overly-dramatic, I don’t know. But I know that if I landed my ass in a prison here in the Philippines, I would not hesitate to set a HUGE example on anyone who messed with me. You simply have to in order to survive.

    So, if you have not traveled abroad, then you don’t know what you are talking about. You don’t know the reality on the ground. Yes, some people hate Americans. But the fact is they are also fearful of us. We are WAY different. Especially here where I live now, the culture is just not as aggressive and rugged as I am used to. Guys are bigger in the US and we are WAY tougher. Things happen here that would surely result in a beat down. For example in traffic – cutting people off all the time, etc. I had to get used to this as I was initially tempted to go chase someone down and fight them. It’s just different here. People can’t be that confrontational as we are in the USA. There is not enough police to handle it, so people have a much bigger sense of live and let live.

    Just my two cents on this. I understand what would have driven this guy to do what he did. Maybe some of the story has embellishment. But, I know how he must have felt and I can totally see how some of those events could have gone down.

  223. SAL
    November 25, 2013, 4:09 pm

    I think all these shows like banged up abroad, infestations, get out of hell alive, are all faked up shit.

  224. Tom
    Not US
    December 1, 2013, 10:58 pm

    What a big pile of shit this is…..this guy is a trained mythomaniac. If you read all of his answers you wouldn t belive all kind of shit he made up. He deserves a pakistan oscar or something…..

  225. Abodey Merjan
    December 25, 2013, 11:42 am

    good man ,,, but what about that playboy show !?!???!!!!!!!!

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  227. Jenna Bro
    Sydney, Australia
    December 27, 2013, 1:52 pm

    Hey Erik, my name is Jenna and its 3am in Sydney Australia and I’ve just watched your story on Banged Up Abroad. It really shook me, I cried, laughed and I felt compelled to contact you and let you know, you are an amazing human. I’m not a hippy, Tree hugger, journo or church goer, but just a normal chick who loves a good inspiring story and yours has definitely made it to the top of my favorites man! I hope my sons little heart and soul is as strong as yours mate – your family should be so proud of you! All the best Erik, thanks for sharing your story with the world

  228. Ryan Sumner
    United States
    December 28, 2013, 4:24 am

    I’m glad that your back home safe and sound.

  229. Tom
    December 30, 2013, 1:20 am

    Why all the hate??? He spent three years in a third-world country. This is a hell no one should have to go through. This fact alone, which no one disputes, is reason enough for our sym

  230. Tom
    December 30, 2013, 1:22 am

    …sympathy). Glad you are out.

  231. steve
    long beach, california
    January 1, 2014, 1:39 pm

    i take the story as true. but all the little superman stories and they were many.
    you know he chilled with bin laden too lol

  232. Jill
    January 1, 2014, 4:10 pm

    I would like to know if you have a personable relationship with Jesus daily due to your horrible and painful experience? What a testimony for the Lord and his protection for you. please use this experience for the Lord due to his protective hand on you.

  233. Jill
    January 1, 2014, 4:19 pm

    I would like to state that you should be giving God the glory and not yourself. By what your autobiography states, I see that in your ordeal and your story told by you I would think that you would spend more time in giving God the glory like Joseph did in the bible when he was in prison by his brothers and how he endured. He trusted God and only God. I never heard one comment that you have given God your protector the glory for your life.

  234. C
    New York
    January 1, 2014, 4:26 pm

    Hi Erik,
    I just finished watching your episode on TV. First, I have to say how proud I was to see how you refused to compromise your integrity. Your upbringing obviously had much to do with that. Kudos to you and your parents!
    Second, hope that your life always be surrounded by good, honest people who are true to themselves and to your best interests.
    I will never forget your story and your fortitude! John Wayne would be so proud of you!!!!!
    Best regards,

  235. Lily
    January 1, 2014, 5:20 pm

    I believe him and I know for a fact that many of us do dumb things. The people that talk so tough to him behind a computer would Never do so in front of his face. That is one of the reasons I don’t like comments on true stories…

  236. Yoyo
    January 1, 2014, 7:30 pm

    Erik thanks for sharing your story. You are an amazing guy! You are so strong and tough. I am glad you are alive and okay. Take care of yourself and keep it real. Happy 2014 chulo!!!

  237. Peter
    January 2, 2014, 1:17 pm

    I cannot believe how many people are on here praising this man. How gullible are you all? Just because they put him on TV you believe all of this? I came to this comment section assuming I would get some good laughs from people discussing how much of a lying d-bag this guy is. Because his story about time in prison can/will never be independently verified, Erik used his TV platform to basically brag about himself for an hour. Now he has you all believing that he is the toughest guy on earth? Oh yeah, and he also is the most mentally strong with the moral virtue of a god for “standing up for what is right” etc?

    Also, and perhaps more importantly, you people believe that he did not know he was carrying drugs? If that is true, he is perhaps the dumbest person on earth – take a bag from a stranger in Pakistan and try to get on a plane with it without searching every inch of the bag? Just finger through the clothing a little bit and assume it was fine and go hop on the plane.

    Anybody who still believes he is an innocent victim must have no ability to think critically – arguably the most valuable skill to have on this earth.

    Wow, I had more faith in the fellow viewers of this program.

  238. mike
    March 15, 2014, 3:46 am

    I’m dumber for watching this episode. This guy is one arrogant SOB!

  239. Spicoli
    March 15, 2014, 10:50 am

    Complete and utter bull

  240. mrbobo
    March 15, 2014, 8:12 pm

    Obama is more truthful than this dude. What a pant load.

  241. Chipmunk
    New York
    March 29, 2014, 9:15 pm

    Yea, of course he lost weight. He was not allowed to use steriods while he was in prison. This is complete and utter bs. I do not believe this for one minute. $1000 for a trip to Pakistan to pick up leather coats and he has done this before. BS. He knew what he was doing and thats that. Even on dude where’s my car he played a muscle head, he worked at a gym, im willing to bet him living that close to Mexico he probably ran steriods from TioJuania.

  242. Dave
    April 23, 2014, 3:35 am

    First of all NatGeo screwed us all with the mermaids, so their cridebility is lost to me.

    i think this episode is great but very blown up, Aude was naive and ignorant about what could happen.

    i also think that some parts are true and other parts just blown up after all he is an actor he likes the story.

    other then that Erik Aude is respected by people wich i think is ok but some people adore and that is too much.

    Erik you handled yourself in a tough spot but blew up the story i think like the first fight in prison so yeah a couple of guys came at him and he kicked their asses sureley the rest would have backed of. after all the people there are smaller and weaker.

    We can learn from this guy how he transformed from an ignorant American to a balanced person.

    how you chose to tell the story is up to you and NatGeo

  243. Cat
    May 10, 2014, 10:55 am

    lol was looking for the best episodes to watch, and found this. Based on the comments I can skip this episode. Everybody blaming NatGeo though is kind of misguided. Just because they’re distributing the show (showing it on their channel), doesn’t mean it’s their show. Raw TV is the one who’s ‘telling’ the stories. ..Love how everybody seems to see right through this Erik guy. Based on the comments, he reminds of an ex of mine. Arrogant; self-aggrandizing; definitely not naive, but will play victim (surprisingly often for a 6’2 pre-black belt blah blah blah) to justify the means. Then to see people eat it up! So ty to everyone calling bs. ugmh lol

  244. Joe B
    May 15, 2014, 7:01 pm

    So he threw a guy off a balcony (who presumably died or suffered serious injury) but no consequences for that. Then there’s the girl from “the embassy” who says she “negotiated” his torture session down to three days. Things like that happen only in movies, not real life.

    When this guy says he spent much of his incarceration writing a screenplay, it’s clear that this is the one he was writing.

  245. J. D.
    May 18, 2014, 1:20 am

    There are numerous references in articles, as far back as 2003 (http://articles.latimes.com/2003/oct/27/local/me-aude27) mentioning that the “Rai” Minasian man stated in a written confession that he had NOT told Erik Aude about any drugs being involved in the suitcase carrying. Maybe he was urged to say this for ‘diplomatic’ purposes – i.e., helping to take some heat off his case (Minasian was charged for a separate drug smuggling case – search on Google or see above link to article) by giving evidence that would help prevent incrimination of an American in a *Pakistani* prison abroad. However, I think this would be far-fetched, and that for argument’s sake, we can assume that Aude truly was *not* clued into the details of what he was doing as involving any drug smuggling.

    Obviously there are bound to be exagertions, and even more so in an episode like this, but this man seems like a good person, especially compared to some other characters I’ve seen on the show — he is an *actor*, so when we see that he’s being earnest in many segments, this should be commended, not ridiculed.

    Consider that most likely every character on Locked Up Abroad is already obviously given some time to *read lines* that they themselves (the victims) wrote/organized; you can tell this in many cases when it sounds like they are reading from a teleprompter. This guy could have obviously “narrated” this story as one would a book, but you can tell (unless he is a new De Niro) that he is simply telling his story (at least for *a large portion* of the episode).

    Embellishments were bound to pop up, it’s a SHOW on NatGeo guys! Doesn’t mean this is all BS, and I would go so far as to say that there’s no reason for viewers not to take some inspiration out of this, or at least become a tiny bit emotionally involved, even in the presence of any ‘alterations of the truth’. Stories are always polished up, cropped, edited, etc. — it’s TV! Does not mean this man is a liar or a bad person..

  246. Jay
    June 22, 2014, 6:43 pm

    This is the first time I didn’t feel sorry for the prisoners in the episodes. This guy comes off as a real D-bag! Makes me want to fight him. Anyone that has to tell you how tough they are, usually isn’t tough at all.

  247. Gregory
    June 22, 2014, 7:04 pm

    If this guy would have told the REAL story then he would have been respected by all that heard his story You don’t go prison as a new fish and take on everyone and win. He would have been shanked and killed in the first week. Keep it real!!!!!!!

  248. Karen
    New Youk NY
    June 22, 2014, 7:16 pm

    Erik I’m so impressed that you were strong enough to hold onto your pride over the option of a fakes confession and freedom. It screams volums about your character as a human being. Good for you. It’s a good feeling to look in the mirror and respect the person you see.

  249. Just Some Dude
    June 22, 2014, 7:23 pm

    I’m betting 99% of the positive comments on this board are written by Erik, his family members and few supporters. I don’t believe a word about the words purporting to be from “the prison” and knew him while he was there! lol- Get real!

    I normally enjoy the show but this was almost meant to be a parody of itself. Kissing the entire Muslim male population? The guards learning to respect him b/c of his badass attitude, throwing the guy off the balcony, etc.

    Yes, we know the prisons there are bad but we have ZERO confirmation form the authorities there on anything and never will. They’re not going to admit to torture or anything else. And he stops and starts flirting with cloaked Pakistani women? Then gets in a fight & loses his bag? If true he’s both incredibly stupid & bone-headed (probably both).

    The way he describes this account is so over the top no one could take it seriously (and I don’t believe 99% of those positive comments). NatGeo next time skip the “I was Chuck Norris in a foreign prison” story…

  250. CA
    June 22, 2014, 7:53 pm

    AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! People actually believe this guy’s story? Hahahahahaha! What an entertaining hour of television. Just when I kept thinking his ego couldn’t get an bigger it would – minute by minute!

  251. Melissa
    June 23, 2014, 1:13 am

    I just saw this episode about Erik Aude. I did a search online to see what he is up to now and found a link to this page. Wow I am amazed at how judgemental so many of the people here are in the comments. It’s obvious none of you have ever left the comfort of your couches and travelled to another country or had an unpleasant experience in your lives. NONE of you have any right to judge Erik you weren’t there you have no idea what happened. Just because he is an actor by trade does not mean that he therefore has no morals or should have known better or made the whole story up to boost his career! You people make me sick! Leave this amazing guy alone he has been through enough! I personally believe every word he said and believe he is someone we can look up to as a hero for standing up for what was right, his innocence! I pray for many blessings in your life Erik take care and ignore those who are negatve they don’t deserve a split second of your time! Hugs

  252. Adrian Rowe
    United States
    June 23, 2014, 1:50 am

    This is without doubt the WORST episode of Banged Up Abroad I’ve seen!
    If you enjoy the series DON’T watch this episode. Nothing but LIES from a douchebag who deserves to be locked up and beaten.

  253. Jack
    June 23, 2014, 9:50 am

    My God – what a joke. Every word that came out of that guy’s mouth was a lie. Didn’t know about the smuggling? Beat up “the worst guard”? Islamist Pakistani prisoners cheering for him? He stayed in prison “voluntarily” out of “principle”? What a smug, idiotic liar.

    They should change the name of the show to “Fictions & Fables about Lying Nit Wits Abroad.”.

  254. 2Close
    Washington D.C.
    June 26, 2014, 12:45 am

    I doubt you would spend 10 seconds reading these comments Eric considering the total idiots that talk so tough on here, but after watching your show tonight – and I’ve watched a lot of LUA – all I can say is “God Bless You” and take the life God has given you and make it count. After traveling into Russia in 2008 to teach, I became involved in an incident with a drunk one night after coming to the aid of the woman he was abusing. I’m someone who can take care of myself, and because he initiated an altercation with me and things didn’t go his way, I found myself in a similar situation as Eric. I will never forget the feeling I felt upon returning to American soil and stepping off that plane – there is no place like America! For all the little boys who think Eric’s story is BS, you can’t believe it because quite simply you could never do what he did – simple as that! I believe it because I know the American military is full of men like Eric and that kind of man few will ever know. Make your life count brother!

  255. Brian
    June 27, 2014, 12:13 pm

    I find it unfortunate that National Geographic never mentioned in the episode that the only reason Erik Aude was released early was because he befriended hijackers who had connections, as Erik mentioned in the interview. The interview is ten times more interesting than the episode and it lleaves me with the suspicion that I should be watching future Locked Up Abroad episodes knowing that they are probably more fictional than reality.

  256. faraz
    July 11, 2014, 2:49 pm

    I care all that and the situation in which u have been survived because its a great thing to be appreciated but as i belong from Pakistan and and even lived there i had visited to Islamabad as well as Rawalpindi,its not like the city which was showed in the video made my national geographic and even the peoples behavior and dressing are so different only a few peoples used to have beards and wear white caps on their head and Pakistan is a modern country as well.’National Geographic’ doesnot have the right to do photography in Afghanistan and called it Pakistan they should have to get knowledge first.As being the neighbour of Afghanistan it dosen’t mean that Pakistan will also be like it…..

  257. JOhn
    August 24, 2014, 12:53 pm

    I’m an average size dude (1,80 ; 80kg) and I visit India by myself recently. Its amazing how the average Indian male is thin and small. The Indian and Pakistanian phenotype is similar.

    During night time when I passed a groups of Indians I tought to myself that I could take 4 ou 5 guys at the same time if they tried to rob me. Thay are really small.

    So I believe that a buffed and trained guy like Erik could do much better.

    For me the story is a little bit hyped but true.

  258. Jacob RT
    August 25, 2014, 9:23 am

    You’re an inspiration

  259. redian
    August 27, 2014, 8:47 am

    True inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

  260. ritam singh
    September 1, 2014, 1:51 am

    truly inspiring. well being an indian I dont have any comments on pakistan. but my question is why almost everywhere an american is hated? erik aude you’re the man , a tru american and the strongest human from will to faith..well your story was really touching .and hope you get better with your earaches .godbless you godbless america

  261. Jacob Matthew garner
    November 11, 2014, 12:31 pm

    Free everyone who died now

  262. Jacob Matthew garner
    November 11, 2014, 12:32 pm

    1-13 girls and boys free now

  263. SiriuslySheepy
    January 2, 2015, 7:03 am

    This story is truly unbelievable. I will believe the drug smuggling and the jogging through the streets of Islamabad. Though everything else, at least the whole macho crap, that is unbelievable. The corruption sounds and looks highly plausible, being tortured for fun is something that many low IQ humans are capable of internationally all across the world. Dirty prisons and unimaginable living conditions are things that should be fixed and reimagined. Having to consult to torture for punishment is akin to a baby lashing out over not being fed “at regular timing”.

  264. Erik Aude'
    Sherman oaks
    January 9, 2015, 1:54 pm

    Hi guys, I’m Erik Aude’ and to all the haters [comment moderated] I’d sale your asses in prison for two cigarettes.

  265. Bibby Izod
    The Real World
    February 16, 2015, 8:50 pm

    I could go through the contradictions that flowed through this Mother Hubbard tale but I am so busy kicking the ass each member of ISIS one by one with only one fist and a bucket of one liners.
    Yet in all seriousness, my respect for National Geo is now in the toilet with Mr. Aude’s career.
    Which is really too bad as I could see him easily cast in the role of Brian Williams or Lance Armstrong if he were attractive enough, but for the moment I could see him starring in a YouTube movie in the role of Jessica Lynch.
    My guess is that for every positive comment, there are 20 negatives that are deleted in an effort to lessen the pain to super duper macho man Erik even though pain does not bother him.
    As far as him selling ass in prison for two cigarettes, I have a feeling that is what he is currently doing outside of prison. I feel certain that at one time he might have been able to get 6 or even 10 cigarettes for his ass…….BUTT now there is the embarrassment that goes with that fairy tale.

  266. Ben
    March 8, 2015, 8:38 pm

    This story is beyond fake and exaggerated. This guy is desperate to try to get his name known because he is an aspiring actor. The whole story is completely hyped, he is making him sound like a huge victim and a giant badass. Notice how he is the only person to give his side of the story, an also star in it. Ive seen every episode of Locked Up Abroad and this one was the biggest joke.

  267. Kim Matney
    United States
    March 8, 2015, 8:38 pm

    Thank GOD you got out and thank GOD we are American.

  268. Ifi
    United States
    March 8, 2015, 9:15 pm

    Erik, you are a REAL MAN. I wish I was 20 years younger. I’d Sadie Hawkins you, throw you over my back and take you home!!!!! God bless you! I hope you have a rich full life.

  269. Mike R
    March 8, 2015, 9:16 pm

    Biddy Izod,
    you nailed it right on the head along with all of the others calling BS. He could replace all of special ops teams and become our new super weapon. I would guess that he is hoping for movie and book publications. I was expecting him to say Adrian when he was getting the final torture, just before being treated a hero by his fellow prisoners… If this was on TLC or Discovery it would have at least been no big surprise.

  270. Steve Vuichard
    March 8, 2015, 9:16 pm

    Dude I am absolutely blown away by your story I am also very proud American and would never admit to something I did not do I am never tweeted any conversation or emailed anybody and I have never said I love you too man outside of my family I love you dude you are fucking badass

  271. Mike R
    March 8, 2015, 9:18 pm

    Biddy Izod,
    you nailed it right on the head along with all of the others calling BS. He could replace all of our special ops teams and become our new super weapon. I would guess that he is hoping for movie and book publications. I was expecting him to say Adrian when he was getting the final torture, just before being treated a hero by his fellow prisoners… If this was on TLC or Discovery it would have at least been no big surprise.

  272. charles h
    March 8, 2015, 9:34 pm

    Awesome episode. After reading all comments, i look at opinion. Mine. I think if he knew Pakistan was kidnapping anericans, and he stii went, he probably didnt know. Also knowing tht a drug mule does not mke tht much money, i think Eric is smart enough to know not to tke a chnce for minnimum amount of mny, that a mule mkes. He didnt know!!! Great job for puttin dwn like a true american!!!

  273. Mike Roda
    March 8, 2015, 9:40 pm

    I would like to see who the winner would be in an episode during Shark week. Erik Aude versus Mega Shark…

  274. tawanna hill
    Scranton pa
    March 8, 2015, 10:28 pm

    Hi Erik,my name is tawanna,
    I want to say good job on not giving up and believing in yourself and not letting the system fail you and take away your freedom…..my brother is in a situation where as though he has been falsely accused of a crime he did not commit and has been giving a 25 to 50 year prison sentence for a robbery not done by him there was no evidence against him leading him to this crime the description giving by the victim does not match with my brother at all but by living in this corrupt common wealth state of Scranton pa it’s there way and that’s the bottom line…if you can help me into the right direction on what I can do and who I can go after to prove that my brother is innocent we have proof to his innocence but it’s just getting the right people to help me…please if you have any advice please guide me..

  275. tawanna hill
    Scranton pa
    March 8, 2015, 10:29 pm

    Hi Erik,my name is tawanna,
    I want to say good job on not giving up and believing in yourself and not letting the system fail you and take away your freedom…..my brother is in a situation where as though he has been falsely accused of a crime he did not commit and has been giving a 25 to 50 year prison sentence for a robbery not done by hims there was no evidence against him leading him to this crime the description giving by the victim does not match with my brother at all but by living in this corrupt common wealth state of Scranton pa it’s there way and that’s the bottom line…if you can help me into the right direction on what I can do and who I can go after to prove that my brother is innocent we have proof to his innocence but it’s just getting the right people to help me…please if you have any advice please guide me..

  276. Jane Doe
    Not Pakistan
    March 9, 2015, 5:21 am

    Too bad this dude didn’t use his ego for something altruistic. Maybe with his skills he would go, single-handed-ly fight ISSI or take them bunch of cell phones so they could call their moms. I have a very had time believing anyone would not do anything they could to get out of a “having fun/learning another language” in a 3rd world prison b/c they didn’t want to plead guilty. It was entertaining though.

  277. Leslie Jones
    United States
    March 10, 2015, 5:34 pm

    I watched this episode today for the 2nd time. And I just wanted to tell you, you have made me very proud to be an American. With everything going on in our country lately, there’s not much I can say I’m proud of, but you, young man, have done that for me. You were very right in what you did. Never ever admit to something you didn’t do. And I hope with what you endured makes you a stronger and better man and you should never doubt that. I have 2 boys and worry about them everyday, I can not imagine the horror your mother went though and I hope she is happy and well at this time. I wish you all the happiness and health in the world. Good luck to you, Eric.

  278. Herb Williams
    United States
    March 13, 2015, 11:53 pm

    Eric, I know we have met, and I never knew about this story. You have my deepest respect and admiration for what you have been thru.
    May the rest of your life be filled with happiness and joy.

  279. Not Eric
    Fantasy land
    March 13, 2015, 11:56 pm

    Total bull****.

  280. Daniel Ben Avraham
    Chattanooga TN.
    March 16, 2015, 12:05 am

    Eric you are the man, I’M so proud of you. You took a lot of stuff, but you stood on your values inspite of everything, all of the deal cutting, and other things you went through. You are n insperation to many of us. You keep your head held high.

  281. waseem
    March 21, 2015, 8:24 am

    Erik you are very STRONG MAN I never see someone like you.
    God bless you.

  282. luis
    April 12, 2015, 10:08 pm

    NatGeo should be ashamed of airing such bull.I thought I heard fakERIK say ” they drew first blood” Now I won’t watch because I think all are fake.

  283. Monica Weiskopf
    United States
    April 12, 2015, 10:22 pm

    I believe you to be an incredible person. You were spot on by validating your Pride as opposed to your Freedom! That’s were I melted.

  284. yvon
    April 12, 2015, 10:36 pm

    He’s lucky he came out of it alive. It must be true in what he said happened, otherwise he wouldn’t have done the 3 years. He stood up for himself on the inside, even going up against the guard that everyone hated. So yeah I believe him.

  285. Michael brink
    April 13, 2015, 6:50 pm

    I feel this guy has been through a lot. I wouldn’t care or have any less respect for him even if he was guilty. Big deal he tried to run some drugs. No different than selling alcohol.I do think he is innocent since there is big $ in knock off merchandise. Louis Vuitton jackets go for 2&3 grand a piece. What makes me lose respect for this guy is his ego & how full of crap he is. I think people would like & respect him more if he just told it how it really was. Instead of the Rambo crap. I’ve been in plenty of fights & it don’t take much to get seriously injured, stitches, broken bones, memory loss,coma.Real fights look nothing like the movies. I know guys like Erik who get laid all the time by lying their asses off & telling BS stories to women. It’s hilarious how all the females who comment are fawning over him coz they think everything is true. I could point out inconsistencies in the story for days. Erik if u read this people will respect & like you more if you lose the ego & not be “that guy” with the tall tales. It just makes you(or anyone) look like a douche. I do feel bad for what this guy went through.

  286. michael brink
    April 13, 2015, 7:55 pm

    I’m glad this guys home & he’s been through a lot . I worked with a guy that nobody liked coz he had a big ego & was always lying about himself & telling tall tales. It would of been ok if it was once or twice but this guy was constantly everyday talking BS. I guess he thought it would make people like, respect, admire him, instead it just made him look like a jackass. Nobody had like vicious hate for him or anything they just got tired of listing to his BS & didn’t wanna be around him. If it happens once or twice it’s no big deal but when it’s all the time it gets old real quick. Although women really like a guy with a big ego who’s full of BS. I know a few compulsive liars that get lot’s of dates.

  287. Michelle
    April 13, 2015, 9:33 pm

    Your story is amazing. I’m glad you were able to show the others in prison another side of us infidels: courage, strength, humor and a bit of swagger. Although this was a terrible thing that happened, you have grown from it and so have we.

  288. yvon
    April 14, 2015, 7:37 pm

    He’s lucky he came out of it alive. It must be true about what he said happened if he was gone for that long. Plus, if you’re a type of person that doesn’t take crap from anyone, you’re going to stand up for yourself and that’s exactly what he did. He even took on that guard that everyone hated. Now that’s how you gain respect. For sure.

  289. Jane
    April 16, 2015, 11:44 pm

    Your story shook me… I had my ear drum punctured once by this idiot doctor with a curette who didn’t know what he was doing. I almost hit the ceiling and the guy tells me it’s just a hair that got pulled. That night I wake up with blood on my pillow and the pain was excruciating. I was off work and taking antibiotics and vicodin for almost two weeks. I know you could take a lot of torture, but I don’t know how you endured the pain of two ruptured ear drums – without medication. You must have a hell of a threshold for pain. What a story.

  290. Joe
    April 24, 2015, 5:52 pm

    I’m very inspired

  291. Rita
    May 2, 2015, 3:27 pm

    Eric, you inspired me with your strength and your humility and your faith. This is my favorite episode of Locked Up Abroad because you acted your own true story to help others. Job very well done. Thank you for sharing!

  292. Gloria P.
    May 18, 2015, 1:57 pm

    Erik, you are an inspiration. You never, ever gave up. I wish you much success in your life.

  293. Andreas
    May 23, 2015, 9:02 pm

    What a great story . Just watched the show. I was amazed that you were able to come out alive from it. Good luck to you.

  294. Sebastian Peoples
    May 24, 2015, 10:50 pm

    Just saw your episode and now that that is over if you aren’t too busy could you please take on Isis for us? Much obliged.

  295. Adam Smith
    May 26, 2015, 8:02 pm

    The moment this guy opened his mouth, I came to this conviction that he is one top notch liar. He would have pee’d his pants many time in prison whereas, in video he shows himself as a badass tough guy. Shame on you loser. You are a liar and can never be successful. Shame on everyone else too who believe in this total BS.

  296. Douch Killer
    Erik's wonderland
    May 27, 2015, 8:06 pm

    Hey phony…you are that brave to take on whole population all alone by yourself? Why the hell you dont go to Afghanistan to fight militants?

    If not that, I want nat geo to organize a fight between me and Fartrik. I want to see how well he fights with me. Your are an insult for Americans.

  297. David Poller
    May 27, 2015, 8:17 pm

    Why I wasted my precious 37 sec for this fame junkie?? Why??? Whyyyyyyyyyy?????
    This wannabe, cheap and struggling crap will never even make to the bottom because he doesn’t fall in that category of actors. He falls in extrasssssss who are given the role to stand and be part of crowd in low budget movies.

  298. erik *D*ude ;-)
    June 11, 2015, 4:10 am

    erik buddy, sorry you got caught but try again later give your best my friend. i don’t wanna ask all that fake and true stuff i just wanna know that

    the officer in istambul really said that he watched you “dude, where’s my car ?” and also smile like that ..that is good..

  299. Vijay
    U.P. India
    June 14, 2015, 11:53 pm

    Hi Erik…….you are really amazing and most inspiring person to me. When i saw this episode .I dont know i really felt somthing diffrent…and ur life really inspired me…When i was in college i use to tell this whole story to my friends….You showed us what is the meaning of Being A Brave Person Thanks a lots

  300. Landry W
    Dallas, TX USA
    July 9, 2015, 12:19 pm

    Locked Up Abroad has become one of my favorite shows, and I have watched 25-30 episodes on Netflix. This episode was very entertaining, and I feel sympathy for Erik for having been locked up in such a bad place. I typically feel bad for the people in the LUA episodes, and see so much courage in them confessing the truth and owning up to the crime they committed. There are only 1-2 episodes that I truly believed the person to be truthfully innocent (in their mind at least) or forced into their bad situation abroad. I do not believe for one second that Erik truly thought he was only bringing back leather goods from Pakistan (on top of an all expense paid trip and a cash reward upon arrival back to the US). A few of the other comments mention that Erik has been a bouncer at clubs in Hollywood. One thing that people in the club scene are all aware of is the existence of drugs and where they come from. Erik is trying to play the role of a hero to save his name and how people view him. Well, I’m not convinced. It really is a shame that he had to be locked up in those harsh conditions, but I hate to say that I do not believe anything he states about his innocence. He knew what he was doing (he may have forced himself to not believe it, but for someone with a Hollywood background in the club scene, he knew that he was doing something illegal).

    Erik is very lucky to have only spent two years in prison. Imagine the amount of harm he could have inflicted on those addicted to the drug he was trafficking.

  301. Sarah
    July 14, 2015, 7:20 pm

    I’d be tempted to lock him up simply because he was such a dumbass. Approaching covered Pakistani girls on the street and flirting with them. Seriously? And then, he’s willing to be locked up additional years because he doesn’t want to plead guilty? Why all of a sudden did he give a damn what the Pakistanis thought? Pride, unnecessary pride. He was locked up by a kangaroo court and he wants the kangaroos to know he had integrity. They didn’t really give a damn, they just wanted his money. SMH.

    In any case, the man is not that bright, and it’s hard to go after a man who’s basically a simpleton.

    Fyi, what I’ve learned from Locked Up Abroad is that drug mules are chosen because they have enough hubris to match their stupidity.

  302. Sonny
    July 16, 2015, 12:50 am

    To each his own.
    This was the 1st episode of locked up that I ever saw and I’m glad I didn’t read these comments before.
    I don’t know the guy but it seems that people who really know him personally agree with the incidents that took place ( maybe lil overhyped, but still true).
    We all have opinions and my 2 cents are that this guy is tough and what he went through in prison is torture. To come out of it and be a stronger person is commendable and inspirational to say the least.
    I’ve a feeling our paths will cross one day and I’ll ask you in person about your courage and strength while going through that phase, but for now I’m touched and thank you for sharing your story.
    You the man.

  303. V
    August 22, 2015, 12:55 pm

    I believe his story, and I believe he didn’t know he was carrying drugs. There will always be negative people out there, bringing others down. It’s hard to ignore them, Mike, but it’s worth enduring this negativity for the ones you manage to reach by sharing your experiences. I’m sorry you went through so much pain, but glad you found the mental strength to grow from this all. I wish you all the best.

  304. umeharis
    October 3, 2015, 8:45 am

    Erik,,,yestarday I saw your prog,,,I was shocked when I listened a policeman saying that he never tortured an American before,,,yekh,,,so sick,,,that guy,,,but Almighty God is always with innocent people.Stay blessed in future,,yes you are right about your trust,,which is broken very badly,,,many prayers for you.enjoy your life,,,and please others to never trust unknown people.take care.

  305. Danielle
    November 23, 2015, 9:28 am

    Yes…please .. go and fight isis for us..

  306. DS Hog
    November 23, 2015, 5:40 pm

    I have never seen an episode of Locked up abroad where someone had an amazing and heroic experience. The thing with this one is, you have a washed up actor with nothing left telling you the story. He wants to be an actor so bad, be grabbed National Geographic to make him self sound like a modern day Rambo….please. You didn’t beat anyone, you didn’t drop anyone from a balcony, you didn’t do anything. You said in the beginning you were the youngest and grew up with no father and just your mother, i’m sure you cried like a child the entire time. You got choked up when you were talking about them hitting your feet, but you single handedly took on the prison, okay…. Just watch the end of the documentary when they ask him about his experience, he looks terrified and wouldn’t comment. This dude is a joke. Sorry it happened to you, but tell the truth. WOW

  307. Hairyback
    November 29, 2015, 5:48 pm

    This story is a great pickup line for the bars, judging by some of the comments here, I’m sure it’s got a number of women into bed, but to see it on National Geographic is absurd.
    So the American Embassy sat back knowing one of its citizens was being tortured- really?
    The guy took on a prison full of people? anyone who has ever been in an actual fight will tell you that is impossible- I don’t care how tough you are.
    Prisons in third world countries are run by gangs. Look up the numbers gang by ross kemp on youtube, and look up the interview with john mongrel These are guys who gladly trade their lives outside for rank in prison. If an outsider comes in there throwing his weight around, he will be seen as a direct threat, and someone will shank him the second his back is turned. He wouldn’t last a day.

  308. Joseph
    August 11, 2016, 7:29 pm

    Good to see many people didn’t fall for this bull story. Like others said, the only part that is probably true is that he served time in Pakistan for drugs. If he actually was smuggling I have no doubt that he was in on it. But in all likelihood he was busted for simply having drugs on him. I don’t believe any of the preposterous jail house heroics, becoming friends with the future prime minister of Pakistan, or the pan am hijackers or becoming like Morgan Freeman’s character in Shawshank Redemption. Obvious tall tales to say the least.

    Unfortunately, this isn’t the only LOA episode that sounds fishy. There are a lot of them that are obviously embellished and outright talk tales. I lost interest in this show during its initial run once it became clear a lot of the stories were pure fiction.

    I’m only interested in the ones for which the story is well documented to be true by independent sources.

    Some of them are really good stories but this type of story is only compelling if it really happened. But this episode wouldn’t even be a good story; it’s more like a cheesy third rate 1980s Steven Segal vehicle.

    Erik says he wrote screenplays; apparently the only one he ever sold was this one was this one to Nat Geo.

  309. Pete
    December 19, 2016, 3:56 am

    Regardless if it was all true or not it was a great episode.And if it was true how u gonna knock someone who went through that? Im a big dude and if half of what he claimed to have done was true i wouldn’t fuck with him

  310. BS BOY
    Northwest, DC
    February 13, 2:11 am

    What a BS story lol. this guy is an idiot.