Following Will.I.Am’s accusations against one of its flight attendants, Qantas is willing to help take legal action against him. The Australian airline has also asked the music artist to retract his statement.
On November 16, Will.I.Am tweeted about an experience that he had while on a Qantas flight from Brisbane to Sydney. He stated that a flight attended was aggressive and turned her attention specifically to people of color. Also, according to his feed, others on the flight have come forward to say that the employee behaved out of hand.
The situation made another sour turn as the musician showed that police were waiting for him when he arrived at his destination. Ultimately, the confrontations reportedly arose from a misunderstanding due to noise-canceling headphones.
However, it is Will.I.Am’s frustration that could land him in some trouble. This is because he had shared the full name of the flight attendant to his 12.8 million Twitter followers. Additionally, Qantas confirmed that following an investigation, it couldn’t substantiate any claims made. Therefore, according to The Sydney Morning Herald, lawyers could have a case here in regards to defamation.
Ultimately, a spokesperson for the operator said that it has contacted the music veteran and asked him to retract what he said about the attendant.
“Absent a retraction, and if the crew member wanted to take the matter further, we’d certainly be willing to provide legal support for them to do this,” the spokesperson said, as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald.
However, since the initial tweets, Will.I.Am has stated that he feels that he speaks for others that don’t have the same voice as him. He said this in response to those criticizing him for publicizing the incident in this way. The artist said that he hopes that no one else from any background has to go through similar issues.
Furthermore, he states that he doesn’t wish any harm to the person in question and has asked for his fans to stop sending hate to the attendant.
Could be just the beginning
These events don’t seem like they will be forgotten quickly. Will.I.Am’s tweets are still there and going by his last posts, he doesn’t show any sign of retracting. This could be the start of an ongoing saga between the parties as frustrations are still rife.
Qantas will be hoping to resolve this issue swiftly. The carrier recently broke ground with the second test of the historical project sunrise. Furthermore, it’s preparing to celebrate its 100th birthday next year.
Simple Flying reached out to Qantas but did not hear back before publication. We will update the article with any further announcements.
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