Stars of a Netflix show have had their prize fund ‘frozen’ after causing havoc on a flight, with one telling a crew member ‘do you know who the f**k my mum is?’
Contestants in the new streaming reality show Too Hot to Handle – including the son of a Labour peer – have been fined over £2,000 for swearing at crew and refusing to wear face masks while “on a high” from finishing filming.
Matthew Mawhinney, 29, is the son of former Attorney General and current Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations Baroness Scotland – and is set to star in the second series of the hit Netflix show.
When Mawhinney heard the group had been refused alcohol by the captain, he told a member of the crew: “Fck you bitch don’t you know who my mum is? Go fcking look up who I am, my mother is the Baroness of Scotland.”
He then was said to have done ’10 to twenty’ press-ups in the aisle.
Mawhinney along with the show’s Beaux Greenslade, 23, and Harry Johnson, 28, all admitted failing to obey a command by the pilot to put on face masks and using threatening and abusive language at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court today.
Netflix is said to have “frozen” their prize fund as a result of the incident.
A judge said the group behaved “disgracefully and unreasonably” and “with a sense of entitlement” during the flight on February 7.
The Netflix show, which was due to air later this year, sees contestants compete to find love for a $100,000 prize, but they lose money if they get intimate with each other.
Model Mawhinney, legal secretary Greenslade, and tree surgeon Johnson, were said to have finished filming for six weeks in the West Indies and were flying with British Airways back to London Heathrow from Miami.
Prosecutor Christelle McCracken said the group had been seen “drinking margaritas” at Miami station and Mawhinney was overheard on the flight saying they were ‘f**ked up’.
In a statement, flight attendant Heather Wenn said the group were “quite loud” and had to be “repeatedly” told to put their masks on.
Miss McCracken told the court: “The three defendants were travelling together on a flight back from Miami having been involved in a TV series to be broadcast on Netflix.
“Abuse was directed at the cabin crew. There were complaints as well due to the intimate nature of the way that they were behaving with each other, they were kissing each other and had to be told to stop.
“As a result of the way they were behaving, the decision was taken by the captain not to serve them anymore alcohol.”
Mawhinney is said to have taken a warning letter from the captain and “scrunched it up and threw it down the cabin.”
He also moaned about being put in economy and not being upgraded and was seen by cabin crew to throw himself onto the floor and do “ten to 20 press ups” in the aisle.
Ms McCracken said: “The other couple, Harry Johnson and Beaux Greenslade, began to shout saying they wanted another drink. Heather Wenn informed them they were not able to have another drink and if they carried on they would also be issued a warning.”
Greenslade is said to have told cabin crew member Sophie Griffiths: “Fcking look at me when I’m speaking to you. Take my fcking tray. Don’t you know who I am, I’m a fcking legal secretary I will take your fcking job.
“I should have a drink, I work for a legal firm, you are f*cked. You don’t know what’s coming to you.”
She and Greenslade are also said to have called Miss Griffiths a ‘fcking btch’ and told her ‘f*ck the captain’ when she tried to read them the warning letter.
Miss Griffiths said in a statement: “I have never experienced anything like that sort of behaviour in my career.
“Matthew Mawhinney was unpredictable so it worried me as to what he was doing to do next. Matthew Mawhinney and Beaux Greenslade were the worst behaved of the group. Beaux Greenslade was threatening me against my profession intimating to me she was going to get me sacked and Matthew Mawhinney was threatening me with his family connections saying ‘do you know who my mum is?’”
Greenslade also called a passenger who tried to defend the crew ‘a c*nt’.
Another passenger said Mawhinney, who was sitting next to a woman who was not charged, and Greenslace and Johnson were behaving so intimately with each other they thought it would turn sexual.
Mohamed Ally, defending Greenslade and Johnson, revealed the pair were “perhaps on a high”.
He said: “They were successful, they got through it, probably an opportunity of a lifetime. Unfortunately it displayed itself in a very unattractive way.”
District Judge Deborah Wright: “You were all clearly at the end of a protracted period of surreal cohabitation in a situation which would have had some psychological impact upon you and may have been part of the reason why each of you acted in a way that was out of character.
“Nonetheless your behaviour was disgraceful. You each acted with a profound sense of entitlement.
“It could not possibly have escaped each of your attention that we are in the middle of a pandemic, nor that being in an aircraft involves being in a small space in the process of which you will come into relatively close proximity to other passengers with nowhere else to go.
“Each of you has been extremely lucky not to have faced a more serious charge of drunk on an aircraft where your liberty would have been in jeopardy.
“The offences of which you were charged really did not reflect the seriousness of the behaviour.”
Mawhinney, of Mayfair, London, and Greenslade of Bexley, south-east London, and Johnson, of Kirkby-in-Cleveland, North Yorkshire, were each fined a total of £2,335.
They were also told to each pay compensation to Miss Wenn and Miss Griffiths of £500 respectively.