Blue singer Lee Ryan arrives at court accused of ‘drunkenly abusing BA cabin crew’

Noughties pop singer Lee Ryan arrived at Ealing Magistrates' Court on Thursday, where he faces charges relating to an incident which allegedly took place on a flight last year.

The Blue bandmate, 39, was allegedly abusive to a British Airways air hostess during a short flight from Glasgow to London City airport. He pleaded guilty to being drunk on an aircraft in a separate hearing last year.

He now faces charges of assault by beating, behaving in a threatening, abusive, insulting or disorderly manner towards a member of aircraft crew, common assault of an emergency worker and causing racially or religiously aggravated harassment, alarm or distress.

In August, The Sun revealed that the star was arrested over the incident at the time and he has since insisted he is seeking professional help for his alcohol-related issues.

Singer Lee – who formed the boy band in 2000 with Antony Costa, Duncan James and Simon Webbe back in 2000 – allegedly became disruptive during the flight in July 2022.

He is alleged to have gone on a foul-mouthed rant and "turned the air blue" according to onlookers

He was later apprehended by police staff when the plane later landed and taken away in handcuffs to spend the night in a cell.

In a statement made in August, the star broken his silence on the incident, issuing an apology statement via Blue's official Instagram page.

He announced: "As it has been well documented I have always had my struggles with alcohol and often say or do silly things as a results of that, which in turn has caused problems for myself and those around me.

"For that I want to apologise to everyone I have upset or offended."

Lee penned: "Last week, I acted inappropriately on a flight to London and I want to say sorry to the airline staff, everyone on the flight, as well as my band mates, my family and our fans.

"The time has come for me to take ownership of the root cause of these problems and for that reason I am reducing my schedule for the time being to seek professional help and spend time with my family.

"I am aware of how my behaviour affects others and by starting this journey of working on my mental health I hope to emerge a better person for it.

"Thank you to everyone that has sent me messages of support and I am sorry to everyone I have let down. Lee X."

Lee's former bandmate Duncan James threw his support behind his friend, commenting with a blue love heart emoji, whilst a fan wrote: "Take good care of yourself, we all do mistakes and we all have things to regret for. It takes courage to admit it and more courage to actually do something about it. Everything's gonna be alright."

Another fan wrote: "We all are with you Lee. Always have been and always will be. You have to think about yourself and you mental health first. Take all the time you need."


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