Star's bladder grounds airliner
Published 17/08/2011 | 15:00
French film star Gerard Depardieu was kicked off a flight out of Paris after he was caught short while he waited for take-off and urinated into a bottle.
The cinema legend had been due to fly to Dublin on a CityJet flight on Tuesday evening and was told three times by cabin crew he could not use the bathroom.
It is understood the movie star got out of his seat and tried to relieve himself into an empty bottle at the back of the plane but also urinated on the floor.
Police were called after the plane returned to the departure gate and the Oscar-nominated Depardieu was ordered off.
CityJet insisted the plane was "fit for purpose" after it returned to the runway for take-off at Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Depardieu had been due to fly to Ireland as filming has begun on Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia, part four of the adventures of two Gauls who resist Roman occupation with help from a magic potion.
Depardieu, 62, and star of films such as Cyrano de Bergerac and Green Card, has claimed he has not drunk alcohol for the last two months.
It is understood he claims he repeatedly asked if he could use the toilet after drinking a litre of water shortly before take-off. He also claims he asked for permission from cabin crew three times but was refused.
A passenger on the CityJet plane contacted a French radio station on Wednesday morning reporting the incident and claimed the movie star had urinated on the aisle.
The traveller claimed he stood up minutes before take-off and declared in a loud voice: "Je veux pisser. Je veux pisser."