Oscar-nominated French actor Gerard Depardieu, who appeared in the film "Green Card," reportedly urinated in public on an airplane after being told he must wait to use the restrooms.
A spokesperson for the 62-year-old star had no immediate comment. A man named Daniele told French radio station Europe 1 that he was one of the passengers on the CityJet flight from Paris to Dublin on Tuesday and that he witnessed and was outraged by the incident, which is said to have occurred while the aircraft was still on the ground in France.
He said Depardieu appeared to have been drunk and got up and declared that he needed to urinate. A flight attendant told the actor that the restrooms were closed and that he must wait 15 minutes until the plane was in flight to use them. Depardieu then said he could not wait and stood up and relieved himself, Daniele said.
The radio station quoted a source close to Depardieu as saying that the actor urinated inside a bottle and apologized for the mess after a flight attendant denied him permission to use the restrooms. It has not been confirmed whether Depardieu was intoxicated at the time.
A spokesperson for CityJet, a Air France-KLM subsidiary, told OnTheRedCarpet.com on Wednesday that the flight was delayed for almost two hours after a man on board created a disturbance by refusing to remain in his seat while the plane was still on the runway in Paris.
CityJet said on its Twitter page on Wednesday: "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."
Depardieu, who owns a vineyard in Burgundy, famously told a UK journalist in 2005: "When I'm stressed, I still drink five or six bottles of wine a day." Asked how many bottles he drinks when he is relaxed, the actor said: "Three or four, but I'm trying to cut down," according to the newspaper The Guardian.
Depardieu known for films such as "Cyrano de Bergerac," which earned him an Oscar nomination, "Jean de Florette and the 1998 movie "The Man in the Iron Mask," which saw him play the musketeer Porthos alongside main star Leonardo DiCaprio. He also starred in the 2007 film "La Vie en Rose," which earned Marion Cotillard an Oscar.
Depardieu is perhaps best known for his role in the United States for his role in the 1990 comedy film "Green Card," which earned him a Golden Globe. He played a foreigner who marries an American woman, portrayed by Andie MacDowell, so he can stay in the United States legally.
Depardieu is set to appear in "Astérix and Obélix: God Save Britannia," a 2012 film that in April began filming in European countries such as France - from where the flight in question was set to depart, Dublin and Hungary.
UPDATED on Friday, August 19: Gerard Depardieu's co-star says the actor is sorry about the plane incident. Check out details.