French actor Gerard Depardieu has apologized for his embarrassing "incident" that had him removed from an Air France flight to Dublin this week.
The 62-year-old actor began urinating into a plastic bottle in front of fellow passengers after the staff denied him permission to use the lavatory before take off.
But Depardieu's friend says it was all due to "prostate problems". Fellow actor Edouard Baer, who was traveling with him, confessed in a statement issued on Depardieu's behalf to French media:
"Gerard was upset at this and offered to clean up the mess. He has prostate problems and it was very worrying and humiliating for him. He was also stone-cold sober at the time. This is not the way he usually behaves."
Following the incident, the aircraft taxied back to the terminal at Charles de Gaulle airport and Depardieu was removed from the flight.
Cityjet confirmed the plane had been delayed and it took off later than scheduled, and said in a statement: "Flight AF5010, which was due to depart at 1845 from Paris to Dublin, was delayed due to an incident on board involving a passenger who refused to remain in his seat as the aircraft was taxiing on the runway. The captain returned the aircraft to stand where the passenger was offloaded."
Depardieu was able to catch a later flight to Dublin after being banned from his first flight following the incident.
French actor Gerard Depardieu was escorted off an Air France plane Tuesday for urinating in the aisle of his flight.
Depardieu's flight from Paris to Dublin was reportedly delayed on the tarmac, and after asking to use the restroom, the 62-year-old actor was told he couldn't use the facility until the plane had taken off.
Air France Tweeted the following about the incident:
"As you may have seen on the news, we are busy mopping the floor of one of our planes this morning. We'd also like to remind all passengers that our planes are fully equipped with toilet facilities."
Various eyewitnesses claim the actor appeared to have been drinking.
A spokesperson added, "I will only confirm that he, in effect, urinated in the plane." No word on whether Depardieu will face charges.
Depardieu's reps have issued no comment.
The French film world is in mourning today following the death of the son of Actor Gerard Depardieu.
Guillaume Depardieu, who was 37 years old, died Monday in a Paris area hospital from a bout of acute pneumonia, according to the Associated Press.
Like his famous father, Guillaume was also an actor who starred in some 20 films.
A spokesman for the elder Depardieu said his son had contracted a virus that developed into a "devastating case of pneumonia."
The son of one of France's biggest names in cinema long struggled to come out from his father's shadow. He had run-in's with the law for speeding, drugs and a conviction for drink-driving that landed him in jail earlier this year.
It certainly is a tragic loss. Our prayers go out to the Depardieu family.