It is getting to the point that you have to wear waders on flights these days. We just saw a recent case of Robert “Sandy” Vietze, 18, (a member of the U.S. Olympic ski Team) peeing on the leg of an 11-year-old girl. Now, famed actor Gerard Depardieu forced a plane to return to the airport after he relieved himself in the middle of the plane aisle in first class. The actor from Green Card and such masterpieces as Cyrano de Bergerac appears not to have been charged in contrast with other cases.
Witnesses reported that Depardieu asked to go to the bathroom but was told that he would have to wait 15 minutes while the plane was taking off. He didn’t. The plane had to then go back to the terminal to be cleaned.
What is interesting is that the articles do not mention any criminal charge like the indecent exposure charge brought against Vietze. Vietze, who like Depardieu had been drinking, was arrested upon arrival at the terminal.
It is not clear if he spoke lines from any of his most famous movies while holding forth on the CityJet flight to Dublin, but this would be apropos:
“Cyrano: I know, you will leave me with nothing–neither the laurel nor the rose. Take it all then! There is one possession I take with me from this place. Tonight when I stand before God–and bow low to him, so that my forehead brushes his footstool, the firmament–I will stand again and proudly show Him that one pure possession–which I have never ceased to cherish or to share with all–”
- Cyrano de Bergerac, Act 5