'Red card' for Green Card star
Gerard Depardieu was kicked off a flight out of Paris after he was caught short as he waited for take-off and urinated into a bottle.
The star had been due to fly to Dublin on a CityJet flight on Tuesday evening and was told three times by cabin crew he could not use the bathroom.
It is understood Gerard got out of his seat and tried to relieve himself into an empty bottle at the back of the plane but also urinated on the floor.
Police were called after the plane returned to the departure gate and the Oscar-nominated actor was ordered off.
CityJet insisted the plane was "fit for purpose" after it returned to the runway for take-off at Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Gerard had been due to fly to Ireland as filming has begun on Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia, part four of the adventures of two Gauls who resist Roman occupation with help from a magic potion.
The 62-year-old star of films such as Cyrano de Bergerac and Green Card has claimed he has not drunk alcohol for the last two months.
It is understood he claims he repeatedly asked if he could use the toilet after drinking a litre of water shortly before take-off. He also claims he asked for permission from cabin crew three times but was refused.
The star has since travelled to Ireland.
An agent for Gerard in Paris said he did not wish to comment publicly on the incident.