Radio station staff in Austria have apologised for duping hundreds of Beyonce Knowles fans - by taking a look-a-like of the singer on a VIP tour of Vienna.
The Crazy In Love hitmaker came under fire from bosses at the Austrian capital's Albertina art museum after they accused her of shunning a planned visit on Tuesday (28Apr09) and sending a doppelganger in her place.
But it has now emerged the incident was a radio station prank - and the museum chiefs were among hundreds of people fooled by the stunt.
Staff at Austria's Kronehit Radio hired a Beyonce look-a-like to coincide with the singer's Vienna concert on Tuesday.
They took her to various tourist attractions and famous locations in the city, sent her on a shopping trip - and then phoned the Albertina posing as her management to arrange an exclusive visit.
Andrea Hilber, marketing manager at Kronehit Radio, confirmed the station was responsible for the stunt, adding: "We'll call the Albertina to say we meant no harm. It was a great museum tour."