Mainland artist Lee Yuet-fung pleaded not guilty to common assault at the Tsuen Wan Court on Tuesday after being accused of whipping a plastic cup at a Cathay Pacific flight attendant on a Hong Kong-bound flight.
The stewardess, Lai Wing-man, alleges that Lee hurled the cup at her as she was clearing food trays and was too busy to fetch him some water right away during a flight from Singapore to Hong Kong on December 10.
The 68-year-old artist, however, claimed that his hands were trembling because he hadn’t taken his diabetes medicine, and that he’d merely dropped the cup onto the floor. He then went on to explain to the court that Lai took 20 minutes to bring him water and that he was a passenger “with special needs”.
Lee did not hire a lawyer, but in his self-defense, made sure the court understood just how damn innocent he was.
According to SCMP:
When Lee was required to swear to tell the truth, instead of reading out the oath, he said: “I, Lee Yuet-fung, did not throw the cup at Miss Lai.”
At that point, [Deputy Magistrate Jim Chun-ki] cut in and said: “If you disrupt court proceedings, I will remand you in custody. Are you treating this place as a playground and saying whatever you want to say?”
Earlier, during Lee’s cross-examination of Lai, Jim told the defendant to focus on asking questions instead of making speeches asserting his innocence.
As evidence, Lee later pulled a gray cup out of his briefcase to show them ‘the kind of cup he had dropped’.
Outside of the court, Lee took out photographs of him and Taiwanese politician Sean Lien Sheng-wen to show the press.
The verdict will be announced on April 9.
Previously on Shanghaiist:
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Flight from Bangkok to Nanjing forced to turn back after passenger throws hot noodles on stewardess