French actor Gerard Depardieu has earned both laughs, criticism, and defense from some of his fans as well as critics, but his friend is now defending the situation, which he says was “humiliating” for the actor.
On Tuesday, Depardieu was on a flight preparing to fly from Paris to Dublin and reportedly asked a flight attendant if he could use the restroom. The flight attendant told him no because they were looking to fly the plane and nobody was allowed to get up from their seat. At first, the attendant reportedly told him he had to wait 15 minutes, but then the flight was delayed an additional 20 minutes. The actor, not being able to hold it, decided to take a bottle and urinate in it, except a vast majority of it landed in the aisle of the plane, missing his aim.
His friend and fellow actor — Edouard Baer, who was traveling along with him — is now defending the actor, saying that he has prostate problems. He also denies that Depardieu was drinking at the time, but many eyewitnesses say that he was.
“Gerard was upset at this and offered to clean up the mess,” Baer said. “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.”
Passengers on the CityJet plane reportedly heard the actor declare in a loud voice, “Je veux pisser, je veux pisser”. In English, that means “I want to pee, I want to pee”.
After the incident, the aircraft went back to the terminal at the Charles de Gaulle airport and Depardieu was told to leave the flight. Cityjet later confirmed that the “incident” took place on the flight, but they refused to name any names due to privacy concerns.
“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,” another airline said in a statement. “The captain returned the aircraft to stand where the passenger was offloaded.”