Scorpions rocker James Kottak sentenced to one month in Dubai jail

Prosecutors said that the American drummer made offensive statements about Muslims.
By Kate Stanton  |  April 29, 2014 at 8:18 PM
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, April 29 (UPI) -- Drummer James Kottak of the Scorpions, a rock band best known for songs like "Rock You Like a Hurricane" and "Send Me an Angel," has been sentenced to one month in jail for offensive behavior at Dubai airport on April 3.

According to government-backed newspaper The National, an intoxicated Kottak was waiting for a plane to Bahrain when he was arrested for being drunk.

It was then that he became belligerent, complained of a 'disgusting smell,' insulted Islam, flipped his middle finger and mooned other passengers, staff testified at Kottak's trial.

“When he saw the Pakistani and Afghan passengers, he covered his nose and said that there was no way he will travel with them," an airport customer service employee said.

Kottak pleaded not guilty but did admit to drinking.

"We had just arrived from Moscow and my friend and I were waiting for a bus when we mistakenly reached the transit section. When I asked to leave, the police arrested me because I had consumed liquor," he reportedly said. "I did not curse Muslims or Islam … I would never do such a thing even if I was drunk. I do not remember using any foul language and I did not flip my finger. I just lifted up my shirt and showed my tattoo."

Kottak has already been in custody since April 3, so he is expected to be released soon.

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