Actor Brandon T. Jackson is hitting back against US Airways' claim that he was kicked off a Phoenix-bound flight Monday for being drunk and disorderly, arguing that he was called the "N-word" by a racist flight attendant.
Jackson, 29, known for his roles in films like "Tropic Thunder" and the "Percy Jackson" series, sent out a flurry of tweets Monday asking his 205,000 followers to contact news outlets and tell them what was going on.
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The actor claims he got up mid-flight and walked to the back of the plane to get sandwiches for himself and his seatmate. He said a flight attendant then told him that other passengers had complained about him being too loud, and told him to sit down.
"I don't care if you're Obama's son," she told him, and then reportedly called him the "N-word."
But US Airways had a different version of what happened.
"The disruptive behavior started with loud music being played by Mr. Jackson at his seat," the airline told CNN in a statement
. "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. If the crew determines to no longer serve alcohol to a customer, then their decision is definitive at that point."
The flight attendant reportedly alerted the pilot, who relayed the incident to officials on the ground. Jackson, who maintains he wasn't drinking, was detained and questioned in Phoenix, where he was supposed to catch a connecting flight to Los Angeles. He was finally allowed to fly out Tuesday morning.
"The flight attendant made it seem to Brandon that they were going to land prematurely because of him, which alarmed him and [was] the reason he took to Twitter immediately," Jackson's representative told CNN in a statement.
On Wednesday, Jackson's rep provided a statement from a fellow passenger to CNN, which the actor said exonerated him.
"He wasn't being rowdy at all, and definitely not intoxicated," Elisabeth Schwarz, who was reportedly seated next to Jackson on the flight, said. "There was another exit row in front of us that was standing, drinking and making noise. We were all in shock when the attendant insinuated other passengers were complaining. The other flight attendant even told us we weren't doing anything wrong."
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