Brian McFadden in air flight rage!
Thursday 17 February 2011
Remember Brian McFadden? The ex-Westlifer and ex-hubby of Kerry Katona? Well, police at Sydney airport had to question the singer today after he reportedly 'run amok' on a Virgin flight over the Pacific.
Flying from LA to Australia – where he now lives with Australian fiancée Delta Goodrem – Brian was said to have abused flight attendants and fellow passengers. He even lit up a cigarette, it was reported.
Passengers claimed that the former boy band star was drinking heavily, shouting and being generally abusive to all around him. Virgin cabin crew reported his behaviour to ground staff and the police moved in to question him.
Melbourne's 3AW radio station said McFadden had been drinking and smoking before storming into the economy class section, where he scolded passengers before Kyle Sandilands led him back to his business class seat.
A spokeswoman for the airline confirmed there had been an incident on the flight but said it was an issue for federal police.
Interviewed by 9 News as he left Sydney airport, McFadden said: 'There was a bit of turbulence four hours in...'
When asked if he was smoking on the plane, he claimed 'I don't smoke' - despite having a cigarette in his mouth at the time.
When questioned by Australia's 7 News later that day, the jetlagged singer said: 'I had a couple of drinks on the plane, I'm not going to lie about that. But I definately wasn't causing a scene or causing any problems for anybody.
'I 100 per cent did not smoke. (I didn't joke about smoking). If I was gonna smoke on the plane, I would hardly go around telling people I'm gonna.
'It takes a lot more than a couple of drinks to get me drunk, I'm an Irishman.'
He later took to Twitter to reiterate his defence, writing: 'Wasn't arrested! Didn't smoke on the flight. And the Virgin staff were very nice. I did have a few drinks but I was not smashed and abusive.
'If reports were true then I would have been arrested, fined and wosrt (sic)! Banned from my favourite airline V Australia. Storm in a tea cup.'