Blue singer Lee Ryan has charge of allegedly biting a police officer dropped

Blue singer Lee Ryan has had a charge against him dropped over a claim he assaulted a police officer after boarding a flight drunk.

The 40 year old pop star, appearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (12 July), was told the Crown Prosecution Service had dropped the charge of assault by biting. The boyband member successfully withdrew a guilty plea to the offence last month following what he claimed was advice from his solicitor.

Lee, standing in the dock dressed in a blue suit and patterned tie, spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth during Wednesday’s hearing. The court heard he had boarded a British Airways flight from Glasgow to London City Airport on 31 July 2022 after drinking a bottle of port.

After being refused more alcohol on the plane and told to return to his seat, he made comments about attendant Leah Gordon’s looks. The court heard he called her “my chocolate cookie”, before saying she could have their “chocolate children” and grabbing her wrists.

He was found guilty at Ealing Magistrates’ Court in January of racially aggravated common assault by beating and behaving in an abusive way towards the cabin crew member. He had earlier pleaded guilty to being drunk on an aircraft.

Speaking to the court on Wednesday, district judge Tan Ikram said: “The drunkenness is as serious as the charges he has been found guilty of.”

He told Lee’s defence lawyer Keima Payton: “The aircraft member formed the view that your client was drunk.”

The judge said this provided the backdrop for the offences, with all three charges “intertwined”. Lee will be sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on a date to be confirmed.

A month after the incident occurred, Lee broke his silence over his arrest. In a statement posted to Blue's official Instagram page, he admitted he "struggles with alcohol" and vowed to "seek professional help."

His note read: "Over the last few days, I have had a lot of time to think about my behaviour and how it affects people around me. As it has been well documented I have always had my struggles with alcohol and often say or do silly things as a result of that, which in turn has caused problems for myself and those around me.

"For that I want to apologise to everyone I have upset or offended. Last week, I acted inappropriately on a flight to London and I want to say sorry to the airline staff, everyone on the flight, as well as my band mates, my family and our fans.

"The time has come for me to take ownership of the root cause of these problems and for that reason I am reducing my schedule for the time being to seek professional help and spend time with my family. I am aware of how my behaviour affects others and by starting this journey of working on my mental health I hope to emerge a better person for it.”

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