NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – This isn’t exactly first class behavior.
A week after a member of the U.S. Olympic ski team was sacked for allegedly peeing on the leg of an 11-year-old girl aboard a JetBlue flight headed to John F. Kennedy Airport, French actor Gerard Depardieu apparently said “au revoir” to the bathroom while on an Air France flight.
In the Aug. 10 JFK JetBlue incident, Sara Beth Joren, a Port Authority police spokeswoman, said Robert “Sandy” Vietze, 18, was pie-eyed on the red-eye flight from Oregon to New York when he urinated on the leg of the young girl.
Now back to Depardieu. The 62-year-old actor, on a delayed flight from Paris to Dublin on Tuesday evening, reportedly asked a flight attendant if he could use the bathroom, according to another traveler who spoke to French radio station Europe 1 on Wednesday morning.
When the flight attendant told him he’d have to wait about 15 minutes for the plane to take off because the bathrooms were locked, the star of “Green Card” said he could not wait, unzipped his pants and proceeded to urinate on the carpet, according to published reports.
The jet was forced to return to the gate and was delayed for two more hours while a crew cleaned up the mess.
One passenger told Europe 1 you could tell Depardieu had been drinking.
In a statement to national TV station TF1, Air France confirmed the passenger was Depardieu and that “he did indeed urinate in the aircraft,” but added it was unclear whether action would be taken against the actor since the plane was operated by code share partner CityJet.
CityJet later posted the following tongue-in-cheek posts on Twitter, “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.”
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