updated 08/17/2011 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 08/17/2011 AT 8:50 AM ET
Oh, mon dieu.
Legendary French actor Gérard Depardieu caused quite a scene on an airplane Tuesday night by urinating in the cabin in front of his fellow passengers after the crew told him he had to wait to use the toilet, according to multiple reports.
The Golden Globe winner, 62, was on a CityJet flight from Paris to Dublin that was delayed on the tarmac when he asked to use the bathroom. After being told he had to wait until takeoff, he reportedly relieved himself in the aisle.
“I will only confirm that he, in effect, urinated in the plane,” a spokeswoman for the Air France-KLM subsidiary told AFP.
The carrier joked about the incident on Twitter on Wednesday morning. “As you may have seen on the news, we are busy mopping the floor of one of our planes this morning,” the airline wrote. “We’d also like to remind all passengers that our planes are fully equipped with toilet facilities.”
After the incident, the plane had to return to the gate and was delayed for two more hours for cleaning. It was not clear whether any action would be taken against Depardieu.
This isn’t the first episode of its kind this month. Teenage skier Robert “Sandy” Vietze was dismissed from the U.S. Ski Team’s development squad last week after reportedly getting drunk and urinating in the cabin of a JetBlue flight from Portland, Ore., to New York.
Additional reporting by PETER MIKELBANK