Troy Kotsur, a deaf movie actor, got involved in a drunken mid-air confrontation after being forced to fly without his sign language translator.
The 53-year-old actress, who is nominated for an Oscar this weekend, inadvertently knocked a fork while gesticulating, striking another passenger.
Cabin staff, unable to communicate with him in sign language, finally had to write him a note informing him that police would accompany him off the London-to-Los Angeles aircraft upon arrival.
However, a source close to Troy said yesterday night that he was “stressed” after missing an earlier plane on which his sign translator was travelling, and that it was all a “misunderstanding.”
“He had sunk around 10 tiny bottles of vodka and looked to be having an increasingly heated dispute in sign language with his wife,” claimed a passenger seated alongside Troy and his deaf actress wife Deanne Bray.
“All of a sudden, it all started, and he was gesticulating furiously as bits of food and silverware flew everywhere.”
One woman was struck and broke into tears. The cabin crew refused to offer Troy any more booze, but they were also having difficulty communicating with him.
“Troy was advised in writing on approach that police would be greeting the aircraft,” they said.
Last month, an incident occurred aboard an American Airlines aircraft.
“Troy is a nervous flier anyway, and was anxious since he didn’t have his translator with him,” a buddy maintained last night.
“He was signing expansively, which might be unsettling for those who are deaf.”
“Obviously, anyone getting hurt was an accident – his elbow knocked anything off his tray.”
Bafta-winner Troy has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his work in CODA.
“It was a tremendous misunderstanding,” a Troy spokesman stated last night. Everyone shook hands and walked away after someone was able to interpret through FaceTime.