Scorpions Drummer Released from Dubai Jail
Scorpions drummer James Kottak has been released from a Dubai prison and arrived in the United States, according to a post on the rock band’s Facebook page.
Last month, newspapers in the United Arab Emirates reported that the American drummer had been sentenced to one month in jail after being convicted of insulting Islam, raising his middle finger and being under the influence of alcohol while in transit at Dubai airport.
The band’s Facebook post Wednesday read: “James Kottak boarded a plane out of Dubai and arrived in the US last night. He will have to find the time to sort out his problems… Scorpions”
The reports alleged Kottak had ranted about "non-educated Muslims" and that he covered his nose when he saw Pakistani and Afghan passengers nearby. He also reportedly pulled his pants down.
Kottak reportedly admitted to drinking but denied the other charges.
"There is no way that I would say such a phrase about Muslims, whether I was drunk or not," he reportedly told police. "I confess to drinking alcohol but I refuse the other two charges, I did not do them."