Bjork throws lava lamp at stranded passenger over volcano remark
Schwechat, Austria — Icelandic singer Bjork may be facing assault charges after throwing a lava lamp at a stranded air traveller who berated her over the recent volcanic eruption that has disrupted air travel all across Europe.
The incident occurred at the Vienna International Airport where the singer is among a throng of frustrated passengers stranded by the ash clouds produced by the eruption of a volcano under the Eyjafjallajökull glacier about 120 km (75 miles) east of Reykjavik.
According to eyewitness reports, Bjork became visibly annoyed after arriving at the airport and being told by a ground attendant that flights are still on hold. The tempestous singer, who has a history of violent behaviour toward journalists, photographers and curious onlookers, reportedly started shouting unintelligible invectives and shrieking like a banshee.
“She was scaring all the children,” said Mortimer Gilroy, 52, a tourist from the United States.
After about ten minutes, Gilroy said he’d had enough and told the singer to “shut her Icelandic trap.”
“If it wasn’t for that damn stupid volcano of yours, we wouldn’t be sitting here,” onlookers heard Gilroy say.
It was at this point that Bjork reportedly reached into her baggage and produced a lava lamp, which she proceeded to throw in Gilroy’s direction. The lamp barely missed Gilroy, and ended up shattering on the floor. Gilroy suffered a small cut on his leg from the shrapnel. No one else was hurt.
Airport security officials questioned the ill-tempered singer for an hour before releasing her. Security chief Ludwig Stein said they will decide whether or not charges will be filed after a thorough review of the incident.
Bjork is in Austria working on material for the follow-up to her 2007 album, “Volta.”