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Boyband star Lee Ryan screamed obscenities at police before using cell as a toilet

Published 02/05/2014 | 12:13

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Blue star Lee Ryan arrives at Ealing Magistrates' Court, west London, where he was charged with failing to provide a specimen and criminal damage.
Blue star Lee Ryan arrives at Ealing Magistrates' Court, west London, where he was charged with failing to provide a specimen and criminal damage.
Blue members (left to right) Antony Costa, Simon Webbe and Duncan James arrive at Ealing Magistrates' Court, west London, to support fellow band member Lee Ryan
Blue members (left to right) Antony Costa, Simon Webbe and Duncan James arrive at Ealing Magistrates' Court, west London, to support fellow band member Lee Ryan

Blue star Lee Ryan unleashed a foul-mouthed tirade against police and then urinated all over his cell after he was arrested for drink-driving.

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But he blamed his meltdown on the torrent of online abuse he received in the wake of his controversial appearance on Celebrity Big Brother.

He was handed a £3,325 fine and banned from the roads for two years today for failing to provide a specimen and causing £120 of criminal damage.

Ealing Magistrates' Court, in west London, heard the 30-year-old singer had been out partying to celebrate his best friend and bandmate Duncan James's birthday on the night of his arrest.

Officers spotted Ryan swerving erratically at 5.30am on April 11 as he drove his female friend's Audi A3 on the Uxbridge Road in Ealing.

There was an empty bottle in a pocket by the driver's seat and he stank of alcohol and slurred his words as he got out of the driver's seat.

Majit Mahal, prosecuting, said: "Officers could immediately smell alcohol from Mr Ryan's breath and his eyes appeared glazed.

Blue members (left to right) Antony Costa, Simon Webbe and Duncan James arrive at Ealing Magistrates' Court, west London, to support fellow band member Lee Ryan who will appear charged with failing to provide a specimen and criminal damage. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 2, 2014. The 30-year-old All Rise singer and actor was arrested at 5.30am on April 11 in Ealing, west London, after officers allegedly saw him driving erratically. See PA story COURTS Ryan. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Blue members (left to right) Antony Costa, Simon Webbe and Duncan James arrive at Ealing Magistrates' Court, west London, to support fellow band member Lee Ryan : Yui Mok/PA Wire
Blue boyband members Antony Costa (left), Duncan James (right) and Simon Webbe (rear centre) leave Ealing Magistrates' Court after they attended to support fellow band mate Lee Ryan who was handed a £3,325 fine and banned from the roads for two years today for failing to provide a specimen and causing £120 of criminal damage. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 2, 2014. The 30-year-old All Rise singer and actor was arrested at 5.30am on April 11 in Ealing, west London, after officers allegedly saw him driving erratically. Ryan unleashed a foul-mouthed tirade against police and then urinated all over his cell after he was arrested for drink-driving. But he blamed his meltdown on the torrent of online abuse he received in the wake of his controversial appearance on Celebrity Big Brother. See PA story COURTS Ryan. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Blue boyband members Antony Costa (left), Duncan James (right) and Simon Webbe (rear centre) leave Ealing Magistrates' Court : Yui Mok/PA Wire
Blue star Lee Ryan arrives at Ealing Magistrates' Court, west London, where he will appear charged with failing to provide a specimen and criminal damage. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 2, 2014. The 30-year-old All Rise singer and actor was arrested at 5.30am on April 11 in Ealing, west London, after officers allegedly saw him driving erratically. See PA story COURTS Ryan. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Blue star Lee Ryan arrives at Ealing Magistrates' Court, west London, where he will appear charged with failing to provide a specimen and criminal damage: Yui Mok/PA Wire

"Asked if he had consumed some alcohol that night, Mr Ryan said 'Yes, a few'.

"Officers then noticed that there was an empty bottle in the pocket of the driver's seat. When Mr Ryan exited the vehicle, he was obviously unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred."

He was in such a "drunken state" that officers took him straight to the police station.

But he refused to take a breath test to see if he was over the limit and repeatedly swore at officers, branding one a "c***".

Mr Mahal said that when officers warned Ryan he would be prosecuted if he did not provide a specimen, he replied "F*** off".

Ryan then shouted: "F*** off, f*** you, you f****** c****, f*** off."

The slurring star became aggressive to officers and was marched to a cell at Acton police station where he urinated and was sick all over the floor.

Mr Mahal said that when officers returned to the room where Mr Ryan had been placed, they could see urine was leaking from the door into the hallway.

The star is said to have told officers "I didn't realise there was a toilet here".

Asked by the officer "Do you do this at home?", he said "Yes I do, f*** off you c****".

In a police interview later that day, Ryan told officers he had drunk a vodka and tonic and a rum and Coke, but thought he was OK to drive.

He told officers he was on antidepressant medication and antibiotics, which he blamed for his state.

Mr Mahal said: "He believed his drink may have been spiked, because normally he would have been fine.

"Officers explained to Mr Ryan that his conduct towards officers had been abusive and he was challenged about the language he used.

"Mr Ryan said he had no memory of the conduct or the words he is alleged to have used."

Ryan's defence lawyers blamed the troubled star's outburst on the stress he has been under since he left the Celebrity Big Brother house earlier this year.

They said he had fallen victim to vicious online abuse on Twitter and had even received death threats.

Peter Ratliff told the court: "There can be no doubt that decision (to take part in Celebrity Big Brother) was a mistake.

"When he left the Big Brother house he felt that some of the print media had turned against him.

"He was subjected to visceral and unpleasant attacks in the media."

He said Ryan had received "140 pages of Twitter abuse - abuse that in another era would be unfathomable. He received death threats. He received abuse from members of the public."

He said Ryan was a "vulnerable individual who doesn't cope well with pressure".

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The singer had been left "shattered" by the stinging criticism and abuse he has received from the press and public and that goes "some way in prompting this crash in his behaviour".

Mr Ratliff said on the night of the incident "he was abused by a female who called him an arsehole and asked him if he was that prick from the telly.

"He was genuinely upset about that."

He said Ryan left the bar with his friend Maxine, and "stupidly said he was OK to drive" her car because she was too drunk.

He added: "To say he is remorseful is an understatement. He is disgusted at his behaviour."

Ryan had sought professional help from two doctors at the Priory hospital and a Harley Street clinic in the months just before the incident.

And he had checked into residential rehab clinic Capio Nightingale hospital in Marylebone, west London, afterwards.

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