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Scorpions drummer jailed after Dubai airport arrest

James Kottak jailed for one month for getting drunk, cursing Muslims and making indecent gesture - report

Scorpions drummer jailed after Dubai airport arrest

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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AlexWhat? 6 years ago

He's been fined for drinking! Does that mean that he smuggled the booze in to the airport?? or someone sold it to him?

Jono 6 years ago

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.

A.A 6 years ago

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.

Angelika Lancsak 6 years ago

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!

Mick 6 years ago

or perhaps Jono....you can believe everything you read. Seems like a convenient way to go through life.

Red Snappa 6 years ago

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!

Doug 6 years ago

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.

SA1 6 years ago

@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.

SA1 6 years ago

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

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

Hecter 6 years ago

@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.