Scorpions drummer jailed after Dubai airport arrest

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The drummer of German rock band Scorpions, which played at this year's Bahrain F1 after party, has reportedly been jailed for one month in Dubai.

James Kottak missed the Bahrain gig on April 5 after being arrested for getting drunk, cursing Muslims, making an indecent gesture to a group of passengers and removing his pants at Dubai airport, it was reported on Tuesday.

According to Dubai daily Gulf News, Kottak was arrested at Dubai airport on April 3 and was in transit to Bahrain from Russia.

Kottak was fined AED2,000 for drinking and will be deported after serving his sentence.

He admitted to drinking, but denied gesturing indecently in public and cursing Muslims, the paper said.

Kottak's absence from the Bahrain gig when he was replaced by Mark Cross sparked questions on fan sites.

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Posted by: Brock

It just goes to show how media on one side of the world defames a religion affecting everyone and so when such a feeble mind is controlled, out comes such lewd acts. How old are you again drummer boy? So many of such antics being played out in Dubai not just from him but from foreign expats within. I am glad that Dubai law governs everyone including those who just fly in for a tour. There are various other good acts to bring into Dubai, Scorpions should just play in their hometown at ein Deutsch-Bar.

Posted by: Red Snappa

There apparently is a furore blossoming in the music industry, i.e. among the bands, in that they will refuse to include the UAE in future tours, in solidarity with your man the drummer from Scorpions.

As in this is rock and roll man, take it warts and all, we are the influencers above law and order, if you want us for your big events that comes at a behaviour price on top of the megabucks.

Promoters stand by for the backlash, it would seem!

Posted by: chalky6766

.....especially some washed up over the hill German band who's drummer behaves all rock and roll by dropping his trousers to airport security!!! What happened to good old throwing TVs out of the window....? Ah yes, there all over 70 now! Couldn't pick one up anyway!

Posted by: Hecter

@Red Snappa, apart from the alcohol drinking, would you like me to disgrace you and your family in front everyone in public places, would you like me to remove my pants........anyways you know what do I mean. Just because people like you worship these kind of people that doesn't mean you should defend them even though they did something disgraceful and disgusting.

Posted by: SA1

Good money would still bring many...so you don't worry.

and we don't need to "pay" the behaviour price

Posted by: Angelika Lancsak

The life of a Rock'n'Roller can be really stressful - all this anger and outburst of energy:-)
So he definitely had some time to de-tox and calm down his body, mind and soul.
German media will definitely party on his respectless misbehaviour!

Posted by: A.A

If this person is found to be guilty then why doesn't he deserved to received a harsh punishment. Is it because he his famous and its different verdict.

Posted by: SA1

@Doug---how much you knw about the Brazilian case beside media report?

One thing for sure..the victim crossing from non-designated area....there could be other factors while giving judgement which media reports doesn't cover in details.

Posted by: Doug

He got the same sentence as a Brazilian drunk driver who killed someone and then tried to flee the country, so I would say relatively, he's had a harsh punishment. The Brazilian guy didn't even have to pay a fine.

Posted by: Jono

I hope that the Court makes him serve his full term. Too often 'celebrities' seem to wriggle their way out of any punishment citing ridiculous excuses, normally involving charities or children, whilst 'normal' people for lesser violations take the punishment and move on.
The law is the law regardless of your fame or wealth.

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