Gérard Depardieu Apologizes for Public Peeing

Gerard Depardieu

Landov

updated 08/19/2011 AT 8:00 AM ET

originally published 08/19/2011 AT 8:20 AM ET

While it may have been a laughing matter to Anderson Cooper, Gérard Depardieu was humiliated by his public urination aboard a European flight this week and has apologized, says a friend.

In a statement on Depardieu’s behalf to the French press, the actor’s traveling companion on that fateful flight, actor Edouard Baer, said: “Gerard was upset at this and offered to clean up the mess. He has prostate problems and it was very worrying and humiliating for him.”

The statement, as reported by the BBC, also goes on to quote Baer as saying: “He was also stone-cold sober at the time. This is not the way he usually behaves.”

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