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Blue singer Lee Ryan guilty of racially aggravated assault

Photo of lee Ryan arriving at court on Thursday.PA Media

The Blue singer Lee Ryan has been convicted of the racially aggravated assault of a flight cabin crew member.

Ryan, 39, had drunk a bottle of port before boarding a flight to London City Airport on 31 July, Ealing Magistrates’ Court heard.

The pop star had been eating cheese and drinking alcohol in an airport lounge before boarding the plane, the court was told.

Ryan, who denied the charge, said his behaviour on the plane was “playful”.

‘Do you know who I am?’

Giving evidence, a different flight attendant said she had been approached by Ryan shortly after the plane departed, when he had asked to be upgraded from economy to business class.

She told the court his request was refused because the plane was full.

“He told me he had a problem, that he was being harassed by other passengers, that he was famous and asked did I know who he was,” she said.

The flight attendant added: “He was angry, saying he was a gold-card holder and that he needed to be moved because of this.”

She told the court she had noticed Ryan was “slurring his words and staggering around” and said he was refused more alcohol and told to return to his seat.

He went on to make comments about the looks of another flight attendant, Leah Gordon, the court was told.

‘Beautiful for a black person’

Ms Gordon said Ryan made remarks about her complexion, and told her he was going to have her children.

“It felt like he was saying I was beautiful for a black person because of the way he was describing my colour,” she said.

She went on to tell the court that Ryan later approached her from behind, saying: “Before I get off this plane I need a kiss from you.”

The court heard that although she told him to “stay away”, he grabbed both her wrists before passengers intervened.

The boyband star was also found guilty of being drunk on an aircraft, assaulting a police officer and behaving in an abusive way towards the crew member.

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