Former "Saturday Night Live" star Chris Kattan was allegedly ordered to leave an airplane after he refused to properly wear a mask while showing signs of illness this week.
His lawyer, however, argues otherwise and said the actor suffered an allergic reaction and wasn't fighting the mask mandate.
According to TMZ, the comedian was "stumbling" and other passengers believed he was sick, as he reportedly had mucous hanging out of his nose when he leaned over. Due to his appearance, he was "frightening other passengers" in the first class cabin, which is where he was sitting, the webloid says.
At this point, Chris was not wearing a mask, as is still federally mandated for air travel. Flight attendants apparently brought the "A Night at the Roxbury" actor paper towels for his nose and ordered him to put his mask on. Chris, however, only wore the mask to cover his mouth, not his nose, which alarmed passengers and airline crew.
With the crew's annoyance growing, Chris supposedly "begged" flight attendants not to boot him from the Dallas-to-Los Angeles flight, and he even pulled the ole "do you know who I am" card, asking them if they'd seen him on "SNL."
While this was happening, flight attendants continued to ask Chris to pull up his mask and wear it properly, which he didn't do. As the aircraft staff warned that they would get police involved, Chris got up and left.
After the June 30 report, Chris' lawyer, Samuel Joshua Smith, argued that the star was wearing a mask.
"We strongly deny that Mr. Kattan would ever refuse to wear a mask. Mr. Kattan is fully vaccinated and unequivocally supports CDC guidelines," the attorney said in a statement to TMZ. "This past Monday Mr. Kattan was returning to Los Angeles from a successful tour of comedy shows. Unfortunately, Mr. Kattan suffered a strong allergic reaction to supplements he has been taking to treat lingering neck pain from his injury on SNL. This reaction affected his balance and psychological state. The effects also caused him to have trouble breathing. Mr. Kattan sends a warning out to all his fans suffering through back and neck injury… apparently, not all supplements are created equally!"
Chris, the lawyer said, was able to get on the next flight to Los Angeles without incident.