Netflix star ranted ‘look up who my mum is’ during abusive tirade at BA crew

A Netflix reality TV show star has been fined for being abusive to British Airways cabin crew on a flight..

Matthew Mawhinney, 29, became rowdy on the journey home from filming dating show Too Hot to Handle in the Caribbean on February 7.

He was arrested with fellow contestants Harry Johnson, 28, and 23-year-old Beaux Greenslade who had been filming on the Turks and Caicos Islands.

They downed cocktails in Miami while waiting for their connection to Heathrow Airport.

Cabin crew on the British Airways were forced to ask Johnson and Greenslade to tone it down after they were seen “kissing and behaving intimately” in their seats.

Beaux Greenslade
Beaux Greenslade

A witness said they were worried the pair were about to perform a sex act.

The defendants became abusive after being repeatedly told to put face masks on and being told by the captain they should not be served any more alcohol.

At a hearing at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court yesterday prosecutor Christelle McCracken said stewardesses Heather Wenn and Sophie Griffiths had been the target of most of the abuse.

When Ms Wenn told Mawhinney he would not be getting any more drinks, he told her: “Go and f** look up who my mum is – Baroness Scotland, I’m a gold card holder – go and get me a drink.”

He screwed up the written warning he had received from the captain and threw it across the cabin.

Mawhinney’s mother Baroness Scotland served as attorney general between 2007 and 2010 after being appointed by Gordon Brown, and was the first woman to hold the post.

She also served as secretary-general of the Commonwealth since 2016.

At one point Mawhinney climbed into the aisle and started performing press-ups while the seatbelt sign was on, the court heard.

Greenslade, a legal secretary, also became abusive when she was told she would not be getting any more booze.

She told the stewardesses: “Take my f* tray away, don’t you know I’m a f* secretary, I will take your job away from you.”

Mawhinney's mother Baroness Scotland with Prince Charles
Mawhinney’s mother Baroness Scotland with Prince Charles

When a passenger asked her to stop giving the crew a hard time, Greenslade replied: “Shut up you f** c .”

Johnson, a tree surgeon, called Ms Wenn a “bitch” when he received a letter from the captain saying he was also barred from being served alcohol.

Greenslade was heard saying “F these people and f* the captain”, telling the stewardesses “look at me when I am talking to you” and telling everyone how rude she thought the crew were.

When they were told the police might be called upon landing, Greenslade replied: “Call the police, they won’t f**** do anything.”

Mahwhinney, of Mayfair, Westminster, admitted being a person on board an aircraft failing to obey the lawful commands of a pilot for refusing to put on a face mask.

Harry Johnson outside court
Harry Johnson outside court

He admitted a further count of using threatening, abusive or insulting words and behaviour.

Johnson, of Darlington, County Durham, and Greenslade, of Bexleyheath in south-east London, admitted the same charges.

In a letter to the court, Mahwinney apologised, saying he was “deeply ashamed” of his behaviour on the flight, adding: “This is the most shameful and embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me. I make no attempt to excuse what happened.”

District Judge Deborah Wright said the three defendants behaved with a “profound sense of entitlement without any regard for the crew or any of the other passengers on the flight”.

Mohamed Reza Ally, for Johnson and Greenslade, said: “This was the opportunity of a lifetime, and you are quite right when you say that they had this sense of entitlement that they probably never had before as a result of the TV programme.

“It was youth, naivety and stupidity – they’ve involved themselves (in the row) and made it much worse by escalating it into a group situation.

“They are aware that things are not going to be easy in relation to the publicity.

“This behaviour on any view is wholly out of character, and in my submission that should be born in mind.”

Passing sentence, Judge Wright said: “You were at the end of a prolonged period of social confinement and that might have had some psychological impact on you and might have been the reason each of you behaved out of character.

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“You each acted with a profound sense of entitlement, you each acted without any consideration for the crew or the job they had to do.”

She added that their behaviour was exacerbated by the fact they refused to wear masks in a confined space at the height of the pandemic, among other passengers trapped with them at 30,000ft.

Each defendant was fined £1,500, ordered to pay £500 each to Ms Wenn and Ms Griffiths, and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £150 and £85 costs for their abusive behaviour.

They were ordered to pay a further £100 for refusing to put on their masks when told to by the captain.

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