Comedian and television presenter Wil Anderson has been released without charge following his arrest at a regional NSW airport, saying it was based on a misunderstanding.
The 43-year-old was arrested on Saturday afternoon after police were called to the regional NSW airport over a “disruptive passenger” and was held for several hours before being released to perform at Wagga Wagga Civic Centre.
Anderson told reporters outside the show he was “confident and happy that the whole thing was based on a misunderstanding and I think we’re going to sort it all out”.
“I have a sore back and I was up and about pacing and there was a misinterpretation of my intentions in my pacing – I was just trying to stretch out my back,” Anderson, who has osteoarthritis, said in a video shared by Win News Riverina.
An audience member at the sold-out show, Darren Carr, said Anderson was in good spirits when he took to the stage but it was also clear he was in pain.
“He’s hurt his back. He said his back’s all strapped up and you can see it in the way he’s walking as well,” Mr Carr said.
A Qantas spokeswoman said a passenger was met by police on arrival after “behaving disruptively and refusing to follow crew instructions”.
“To ensure all of our flights are safe and comfortable for our passengers we don’t tolerate disruptive behaviour onboard,” she said in a statement.