American Drummer Jailed for 'Insulting Islam'
James Kottak was drunk in Dubai airport, authorities say
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2014 12:36 AM CDT
Scorpions drummer James Kottak takes a selfie during a press conference.   (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

(Newser) – Drunk and sweary is no way to go through a Dubai airport, a Scorpions member has discovered. James Kottak, the German heavy metal band's American drummer, was sentenced to a month in prison in the emirate for allegedly ranting about "non-educated" Muslims, giving the middle finger to fellow passengers, and exposing his buttocks while in transit between Moscow and Bahrain, reports the National. Witnesses say Kottak appeared drunk and shouted that he wouldn't travel with a group of Pakistani and Afghan passengers.

Kottak, 51, admitted drinking five glasses of wine on the flight from Moscow but denied all other charges, the BBC reports. He told authorities that he hadn't exposed his rear, but just "lifted my shirt up to show the tattoo on my back" as a "spontaneous act." There is "no way that I would say such a phrase about Muslims, whether I was drunk or not," he told police, according to court records. "I confess to drinking alcohol but I refuse the other two charges, I did not do them." He is expected to be deported when he finishes his sentence.

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iq145
Apr 30, 2014 9:29 PM CDT
Islamic fanatics burned nuns, slit the throats of dozens of students at a school, murdered members of a polio vaccination team, bombed restaurants and markets, massacred over a hundred villagers and even waded into a train station to stab over thirty Chinese commuters to death - all in the past year. People were slaughtered explicitly in the name of Allah in a dozen other countries as well. At the same time, Muslims are the only people who attach the word "phobia" to the end of their religion and pretend that it is irrational to even think that Islam is different or dangerous. They find it outrageous if someone would not like to fly with them. They say "Not all muslims are terrorists". Maybe not, but all have the same shared belief about us non-allah-loving "infidels".
793tango
Apr 30, 2014 11:38 AM CDT
You're in the Dubai airport and say you don't want to fly with Afghanis or Pakistanis? Stupid.
Internet Browser
Apr 30, 2014 9:48 AM CDT
If I was a performer I would refuse to play in the middle east. Not because I wouldn't want to or because I wouldn't love the fans, but ... dude, they just love throwing representatives of western culture in jails man, LOVE IT