Was Brandon T. Jackson subjected to racist treatment or was the US Airways flight attendant just doing her job?
According to TMZ reports:
“Tropic Thunder” star Brandon T. Jackson claims he was escorted off an airplane and questioned by police after flipping out on a flight attendant who called him the n-word.
Jackson — who also plays Grover in the “Percy Jackson” movies — says he was on a US Airways flight when a flight attendant named Dee approached him and asked him to sit down.
The two argued — and Jackson claims the flight attendant said, “I don”t care if you’re Obama’s son — get in your seat!!” Jackson says the flight attendant also called him the n-word.
Jackson says he was later escorted off the plane — and questioned by police in Phoenix. Eventually, he was released and tweeted, “This was the most racist thing that ever happen to me even the white people on the plane was like that racist.”
10:14 AM PT — A rep for the Phoenix Police Dept. tells TMZ … cops received a call from the airline around 7:30 PM reporting a disruptive and belligerent passenger who had been cut off from alcohol.
We’re told … when police arrived, officers spoke with Brandon and determined no crime had been committed. Brandon, who was supposed to catch a connecting flight to Burbank, was escorted out of the terminal and not allowed to fly on US Airways that night.
Cops say Brandon was cooperative with police.
SMH. Damn shame, even Hollywood stars aren’t safe from racism.
Meanwhile US Airways is denying Jackson’s claims and trying to paint him as a drunk:
“Tropic Thunder” star Brandon T. Jackson was an obnoxious, drunken a-hole during a flight Monday … and that’s why he was booted from his plane, so says US Airways.
A rep for the airline tells TMZ … crew members adamantly deny using the N-word during an inflight altercation with the actor, despite the actor’s allegations.
As we previously reported, Brandon went on a Twitter rant last night — claiming a flight attendant hurled racially-charged epithets at him for no reason … but now, the airline is calling BS.
The rep explains, “The disruptive behavior started with loud music being played by Mr. Jackson at his seat. He was asked several times to turn down the music. Additional erratic behavior was observed and that is when the crew made the decision to stop serving [alcohol to Brandon].”
US Airways says it stands behind the crew — claiming they handled the situation appropriately.
When Jackson’s flight landed in Phoenix (where he was supposed to catch a connecting flight to Burbank) he was escorted off the plane and interviewed by Phoenix PD.
Cops determined no crime was committed and he was allowed to leave — but US Airways banned him from getting on the plane to BUR.
So far, no word back from Brandon T. Jackson.
SMH. We have flown a lot of airlines in our time and have to say that US Airways is not among our faves. We’re definitely more inclined to believe Jackson than them… But what do you believe?
Hit the flip to see his tweets.