Country Star Escorted Off Southwest Flight

Country music star John Rich — formerly half of the duo Big & Rich — was escorted off a Southwest Airlines flight Sunday from Las Vegas to Nashville before it took off.

CNN, which did not confirm a TMZ report that the star had altercations with other passengers, tracked down statements from Southwest and Rich’s spokesperson about the incident.

First, Southwest: “Our crew assessed the situation and determined that the passenger was not fit for travel.”

And Rich’s person: “Did John Rich have a great time with his fans in Vegas? Yes. Was there an altercation? Absolutely not.”

Southwest refunded Rich’s ticket, as well as that of an unnamed passenger. We can only hope Rich decides to tell his side of the events through song.

Airline grounds country singer after ‘great time’ in Vegas [CNN]