Blue Streak and Undercover Brother actor Dave Chappelle (see? totally movie related) was recently deemed a security risk on a flight from New Jersey to Chicago, causing the plane to make an emergency landing in Pittsburgh. Surprisingly, it had nothing to do with the comedian being a muslim, and, if Chappelle’s reps are to be believed, everything to do with him being a finnicky dump taker.
During the flight, we’re told Dave “freaked out” and refused to put his seat belt on. Then — according to sources — Dave repeatedly walked into the cockpit, asking how much longer the flight would be, and started grabbing the pilot’s arms.
Sources say the pilot determined Chappelle was a safety risk and diverted the plane to Pittsburgh.
A rep for Chappelle explains the incident to TMZ by saying Dave really needed to use the restroom — he ate something that didn’t sit well — and the bathroom on the plane was “not the kind he needed.”
We’re told Chappelle then checked into a nearby hotel for the night. Sources at the hotel tell us Dave has been telling hotel employees he wanted to rent a car to drive back to Ohio … only he couldn’t remember where he lived. [TMZ]
I tend to think this story’s being blown out of proportion. Something about saying a guy “freaked out” and refused to put his seatbelt on without explaining what the supposed freak out was doesn’t sit well. “He ‘freaked out’ and refused to bring his seat back to the full upright position!” Hmm, did he actually freak out, did he just not follow a rule that was kind of silly anyway? I’ll tell you this, though, his rep who’s supposed to make him sound not crazy sure isn’t helping. “Your honor, I’ll have you know that my client only poops in special toilets.” Oh, our mistake. Totally makes sense now.