MIAMI — A day after his deportation to Miami from Guatemala, John McAfee, the controversial anti-virus guru, spent Thursday in South Beach like any celebrity.
The reclusive millionaire was followed around by dozens of reporters and photographers, he posed for pictures with tourists and shopped in area boutiques and shops.
McAfee also said he had nothing to do with the murder of his American neighbor in Belize — the incident that sent him on the run last month to Guatemala, where he was jailed.
At an impromptu news conference outside his South Beach hotel, McAfee denied he had anything to do with the murder of Gregory Faull, a building contractor from Orlando whose death put the international spotlight on McAfee.
McAfee, 67, arrived at Miami International Airport on Wednesday night, then took a taxi to the Beacon Hotel on Seventh Street and Ocean Drive.
Thursday morning, he issued broad statements to dozens of journalists who waited for him outside the hotel.
McAfee indicated he is now a free man in the United States and was not interviewed by agents of the Internal Revenue Service or the Federal Bureau of Investigation after his arrival.
"The only people who talked to me when I left the plane were the Customs and Border Protection," he said. "When the plane landed, they called my name, I saw a large group of people who appeared to be police. I asked them, 'Am I in trouble?' And they said: 'No sir, we are here to help.' "
He insisted the accusations that he murdered his neighbor last month stem from his refusal in April to pay a $2 million bribe to Belize government officials.
After speaking to reporters, he said he was tired and wanted breakfast.
"I've been eating only Guatemalan jail food for a week, which I hate to describe, and therefore what I want to eat is bacon and eggs."
He later had lunch with a Miami Herald reporter and went shopping for shirts. While trying them on, he showed off a large tribal tattoo across his right shoulder and back.
"I was taken out of jail. I was put on a plane with nothing," McAfee said of his swift departure from Guatemala.
The millionaire businessman had fled to Guatemala on Dec. 3 from Belize, his country of residence, where he was wanted for questioning in the murder of Faull.
Presumably, McAfee decided to reside in Belize for many years, considered a tax haven, to avoid paying U.S. taxes.
However, the businessman said Thursday he was happy to be back in his country.
"I feel wonderful to be here," he said. "As many of you know, I have not only been running for five weeks, but for 10, with Samantha. The whole story has not been told yet."