R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck was ordered today (June 18) to appear in court next month and enter a plea on assault charges stemming from an alleged air-rage incident during a flight to Britain in April

R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck was ordered today (June 18) to appear in court next month and enter a plea on assault charges stemming from an alleged air-rage incident during a flight to Britain in April. Buck, 44, made a brief appearance at Uxbridge Magistrates Court in London, where he paid $28,000 bail and was told to attend a hearing at another court on July 31. He wore a dark pinstriped suit and dark tie and was accompanied by his wife.

Buck is accused of assaulting two British Airways staff members, using threatening behavior, being drunk on board an aircraft, and causing criminal damage during a flight from Seattle to London on April 21.

The alleged incident occurred as the Georgia band traveled to Britain to promote their album "Reveal" and perform at a Nelson Mandela tribute concert in London's Trafalgar Square. Buck was released shortly after his arrest on an initial $44,000 bail and cleared to continue the tour.


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