According to new reports, Paul O’Grady and his husband, Andre Portasio, found themselves sparking the ire of a fellow passenger while on a flight from Thailand to the United Kingdom.
During a conversation with The Sun on Wednesday, Paul explained that while on the flight, he and his long-time boyfriend, Andre, were abused by an accompanying passenger, who accused Portasio of flirting and looking at him suggestively.
When the unknown person called him a “f**king queer,” O’Grady got out of his seat and said that the man was lucky they weren’t in the street, because he’d be “eating (his) dinner through a straw.”
According to Paul, the man in the seat was a typical “English yob” with a big gut and a beard, suggesting the man was a “redneck.” Following the incident, the airplane staff kicked the man out of business class.
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Due to Paul and Andre’s consideration of other passengers’ schedules, they chose not to press any kind of charges. Moreover, they didn’t give a statement to the police either.
According to O’Grady, things easily could’ve become “very nasty up there.” Paul is currently working as the host of Channel 5’s new Blind Date, and he and Andre got married all the way back in the summer of 2017.
They’ve been dating for over a decade. It looks like the man on the plane messed with the wrong men, but due to their class and respect, they didn’t have to take it another step further.
Whether or not they would even be able to press charges against the man, depends on hate crime laws in the United Kingdom. Andre and O’Grady could charge him with a crime for his use of the slur, “queer.”