Last night, Jason Derulo took to Instagram to describe an altercation that took place on an American Airlines flight earlier in the day.
He posted a photo of the man above and wrote,
Apparently, this was in response to a dispute over baggage fees.
Derulo told People magazine an argument broke out about the timing of their check-in while preparing to fly to Los Angeles from Miami. A member of his staff allegedly had to take a later flight in order for all of the bags to be checked.
A source told People Derulo's friend tried to check in 19 bags, which would lead to an additional charge. According to the American Airlines website, even the most elite customers are allowed a maximum of three complimentary bags.
Things began to heat up after Derulo received a phone call from the friend they left behind, alerting him of the $4,000 charge for the extra baggage.
Derulo explained to People,
With moments left before departure, Derulo and camp demanded the plane be returned to the gate, so they could all get off.
The singer said it was at this moment the captain and crew of the plane turned on him.
Derulo claims the captain came out and started cursing at him and demanding he get off the plane.
When they got off the plane, Derulo says 15 police officers were waiting for him, which he called "super embarrassing."
So the star decided to do something. He explained,
He told People once he went live on Instagram, everything changed. The people around started realizing who he was and began to act differently. He said,
However, the police report describes the scene a little differently, with an airline employee saying Derulo and his group "smelled of marijuana and were getting aggressive.”
The report also says the singer and his crew refused to give their IDs to the airline staff, and were generally uncooperative.
Derulo still maintains his treatment was racially motivated.