The View frontman Kyle Falconer, 30, has been left penniless after being hit with a £25,000 bill for an air rage incident last year.
Despite scoring a No 1 album with the band’s debut offering, Hats off to the Buskers in 2007, the singer’s family and friends had to help him pay a £14,000 diversion bill to airline Jet 2.
The singer squared up to a fellow passenger and made homophobic remarks to a male flight attendant on the flight from Barcelona to Glasgow.
Falconer, who’s originally from Dryburgh but now stays in Lochee, also had to pay £9,000 in legal fees and has now been hit with a £1,000 fine.
The details emerged at Paisley Sheriff Court where Falconer admitted behaving “in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause a reasonable person to suffer fear or alarm” on June 17 last year.
Fiscal depute Margaret McCallum said Falconer was asked to behave after being seated apart from his partner Laura Wilde and consistently bumping into the woman next to him and spilling drink on her as he turned to talk to Ms Wilde, who was seated behind him.
She added: “The accused took umbrage at this request and stood up in what was described as ‘an aggressive manner’.”
Solicitor Ian Houston said The View made little money from their successes. Their debut went platinum and they have released five more albums.
He said: “The band has incurred considerable debts, to the extent that the members are paid a weekly wage of £350. This event has cost him £25k — money he doesn’t have. He is deeply ashamed.”
Fining Falconer £1,000, Sheriff David Pender said: “An offence of this type in the confines of an aircraft must be very, very distressing to those affected by it.”