Busta Rhymes 'questioned' by police after alleged plane bust-up

Albertina Lloyd
Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
Busta Rhymes was on board a BA flight from New York to London (Credit: Steven Ferdman/SIPA)

Busta Rhymes was questioned by police at London’s Heathrow Airport this week after an alleged altercation on a flight from New York.

Airline staff called police to board the British Airways flight from JFK to Heathrow, when it landed at 6.52am on Tuesday after a row reportedly broke out between the rapper and a female passenger.

The 47-year-old US hip-hop star - whose real name is Trevor George Smith Jr - is said to have boarded the flight just before take-off carrying five bags.

An unnamed passenger told the MailOnline: "Busta got on the plane and saw that this woman had put her luggage in his section of the overhead locker.

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"He was ranting and raving, getting really angry and demanding to know why she had used his locker.

"As she got more and more tearful, her husband intervened and told him he needn't be so rude to his wife.

"He said that he was upsetting her when she was clearly happy to move her things."

Other passengers and airline crew are said to have stepped in and tried to calm the Touch It star down and the captain is reported to have left the cockpit to visit the first class cabin seeking reassurance there would be no more trouble.

Busta was reportedly given the option to leave the plane and board a different flight to London and the rest of the flight was uninterrupted.

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A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: "Officers at Heathrow were requested by the airline of an inbound plane to Heathrow Airport from the US to attend following an alleged verbal altercation involving several passengers.

"They boarded the plane once it had landed at approximately 6:52am on Tuesday 30 July and spoke to the parties involved. There were no reported injuries, and no offences disclosed. The passengers concerned then proceeded with their journeys.”

The rapper performed on the Greek island of Mykonos on Tuesday and will be appearing tonight alongside British grime star Stormzy at a festival in Romania.