James Kottak was allegedly caught swearing and insulting Muslims.
James Kottak, drummer for the German rock band Scorpions, has been jailed in Dubai for a month after his drunken antics caught the eye of the country's strict law enforcers. The 51 year-old sticksman was arrested after drinking on a flight from Moscow during which he allegedly swore loudly, made the offensive middle finger gesture to passengers and pulled his trousers down in front of airport employees.
Scorpions Drummer James Kottak Has Been Jailed In Dubai For Drunken Indecency.
Kottak and his fellow rockers, who are best known for 'Rock You Like A Hurricane,' were on the way to Bahrain where they were due to perform at a Formula One Grand Prix concert. The American musician is said to have become loud and angry after entering the transit hall by accident and began talking about "non-educated Muslims" when he spotted Afghan and Pakistani passengers, according to The National.
Kottak took his unruly behaviour a step further when he declared "What is that disgusting smell." A 27-year-old employee at the airport, said: "When he [Kottak] saw the Pakistani and Afghani passengers, he covered his nose and said that there was no way he will travel with them."
Kottak's Drunken Actions Allegedly Included Insulting Muslim Passengers.
The Scorpions star has been fined Dh2,000 (£323; $544) for drinking and will be deported. He admitted to drinking five glasses of wine on the flight, but denied gesturing indecently in public and cursing Muslims. His lawyer argued that Kottak was only trying to show his tattoos to members of the public.
Police have alleged that he lowered his trousers he was asking people to touch his behind. "I don't remember saying these words and I did not flash my middle finger," Kottak claimed to prosecutors at the Dubai Court of Misdemeanours. When asked about taking down his trousers, he countered "This is not true - I just lifted my shirt up to show the tattoo on my back" as a "spontaneous act."
The Band Had Been Due To Play At A Formula One Grand Prix Show In Bahrain.
"There is no way that I would say such a phrase about Muslims, whether I was drunk or not," he told police. "I confess to drinking alcohol but I refuse the other two charges, I did not do them."
He has been held since the 3rd April, and will be released soon after he serves his time in jail.