BOSTON (CBS/AP) Rapper Sky Blu of Grammy-nominated rap group LMFAO was the "unruly airline passenger" that took a swing at former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney early this week.
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Photo: Rapper Sky Blu.
But according to the hip hop impresario, it was the 2008 presidential hopeful who started it.
"He grabbed my shoulder, and I was like boom get off of me," Sky Blu said on a video post on celebrity Web site TMZ. "The man assaulted me. I was protecting myself."
Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom said Romney and his wife were on an Air Canada flight from Vancouver to Los Angeles on Monday when Romney asked the passenger sitting in front of his wife, Ann, to raise his seat back before takeoff.
Photo: Mitt Romney.
Fehrnstrom said the "unruly airline passenger" then became enraged and took a swing at Romney. He said the former Massachusetts governor did not retaliate, but let the airline crew respond.
The plane returned to the gate, the passenger was removed and the flight took off a short time later.
But the rapper is sticking to his guns, saying Romney was the one who got physical first, The New York Daily News reports.
The Romneys had been in British Columbia since late last week to watch the opening of the Olympic Winter Games.