Jury Discharged In Buck Air Rage Trial
Before the second day of R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck's trial could get underway today (Nov. 13) in London, the jury was discharged, according to published reports. "Matters have arisen which necessitaBefore the second day of R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck's trial could get underway today (Nov. 13) in London, the jury was discharged, according to published reports. "Matters have arisen which necessitate that this trial cannot proceed at the moment," Judge John Crocker reportedly told the Isleworth Crown Court. A retrial will be scheduled for later in the year.
Buck is charged with being drunk on an aircraft, assaulting two cabin crew members, interfering with the performance of a crew member's duties, and damaging British Airways' dishes during an April flight from Seattle to London. Buck, who appeared in court yesterday and today, denies the charges.
"For legal reasons, the jury has been discharged," Buck's U.K. legal representatives, MaGrath and Co., said in a statement. "The matter will be listed again around Christmas-time; Peter Buck is not required to attend that hearing."
Yesterday, prosecutor Edward Lewis painted an unflattering picture of the 44-year-old musician, saying he "became the transmogrification of Dr. Jekyll into Mr. Hyde" during the 8 1/2-hour flight. Lewis said Buck staggered around the plane, got stuck between seats, and covered himself in yogurt after downing 15 glasses of red wine in the first three hours of the trip.