Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am accuses Australian flight attendant of racism

Posted at 10:07 AM, Nov 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-17 10:12:23-05

Musician will.i.am (Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

SYDNEY — Black Eyed Peas musician will.i.am has accused a flight attendant from Australia’s national carrier Qantas of being racist and rude to him on a flight.

The musician and “The Voice UK” coach says he was met by police at Sydney Airport on Saturday after an incident with an “overly aggressive flight attendant” who he says was upset with him because he couldn’t hear her through his noise-cancelling headphones.

He tweeted a photo of a police officer and said: “This is how your greeted when you land from Brisbane to Sydney flying @qantas with a #RacistFlightattendant.”

The musician and producer then seemingly called out the flight attendant by name in a tweet, which drew a noticeable backlash from many on Twitter.

Qantas said in a statement it rejected the allegation that the incident had anything to do with race and said it was a “misunderstanding.” It said it would be following up with the musician.