Paul O'Grady claims he and his husband were victims of homophobic abuse on London-bound flight

Olivia Tobin
Mr O'Grady claims he and his husband were abused on a flight travelling towards London: Tim P. Whitby/Getty

Paul O’Grady has claimed he and his husband were victims of homophobic abuse while travelling on a London-bound flight.

The TV star said his husband, Andre Portasio, was called a “f***ing queer” by another passenger while they were on board a British Airways flight to Bangkok from to London.

Mr O’Grady also claimed his partner was taunted with a sexual jibe, the Sun reported.

The former Blind Date host said: “I stood up and said, ‘You’re lucky we’re not in the street, mate, because you’d be eating your dinner through a straw.’

“He didn’t know I was sitting next to Andre. Then the bonehead was saying something about me thinking I could do whatever I wanted because I was famous.

“He claimed Andre had been looking at him, which was ridiculous. I mean, he was this typical English yob with a beard and a beer belly.”

He added it “could have turned nasty” on board the flight.

The Sun reported that neither Mr O’Grady nor Mr Portasio pressed charges.