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Thursday, October 22, 1998 Published at 13:53 GMT 14:53 UK


Stone Roses star 'threatened stewardess'

Former Stone Roses singer Ian Brown arrives at court

Singer Ian Brown told an air stewardess he would chop her hand off on board a British Airways flight from Paris, magistrates in Manchester have heard.

The former Stone Roses frontman denies using threatening behaviour towards Christine Cooper and the plane's captain Martin Drake on the flight from Charles De Gaulle airport in February.

Sue Beacon, prosecuting, said Mr Brown threatened the stewardess after she mistakenly offered him duty free.

When she reported the incident to the captain, Brown responded by abusing him.

'Banged on flight deck door'

The court also heard he banged on the flight deck door as the flight was coming in to land.

Ms Cooper told the court she was terrified by his behaviour.

She had been offering drinks to customers when she thought Brown had gestured to her. But then she realised he had simply been putting something into his pocket.

She told the court: "I realised I had made a mistake, and I offered him an apology with an open palm gesture. As I was about to continue, I heard him shout: 'Hey you'."

She said he told not to wave at him, or he would chop her hands off.

"I was immediately shocked at the response I got from doing nothing wrong. I apologised but he kept up the abuse in a threatening way, pointing a finger with a menacing tone. I was terrified. . . it was an individual threat to me."

She said he threatened her four or five times.

When the captain intervened, Brown allegedly told him: "If she points at me again I'll chop her hands off."

The court heard he later approached the flight deck and started banging on the door for 20 or 30 seconds.

Arrested when plane landed

He was met by police when the plane landed and was arrested.

The Stone Roses were one of the leading bands of the British alternative music scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s - but split up in 1996.

Now Brown is a succesful solo artist in his own right with hits like My Star.

He denies intending to cause harassment, abuse or distress by using threatening, abusive or insulting words towards Christine Cooper and Martin Drake.

The case continues.

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