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Actress Selma Blair apologizes for airplane outburst

Selma Blair is apologizing for her outburst on a flight. The actress says she mixed alcohol with medication which caused her to black out and make statements that she regrets on a Monday flight from Cancun to Los Angeles.

'I am a flawed human being who makes mistakes and am filled with shame,' actress shares in statement

Actress Selma Blair is apologizing for her outburst on a Monday flight from Cancun to Los Angeles. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Offering a plain and simple apology, actress Selma Blair says she regrets her odd behaviour on a Monday flight from Cancun to Los Angeles. 

"I made a big mistake yesterday. After a lovely trip with my son and his dad, I mixed alcohol with medication, and that caused me to black out and led me to say and do things that I deeply regret," she said in a statement to Vanity Fair magazine.

It is one of the more anguished celebrity apologies for such an incident, with Blair's tone both frank and personal.

"I am a flawed human being who makes mistakes and am filled with shame over this incident. I am truly very sorry." - Selma Blair, in a statement to Vanity Fair

"I am a flawed human being who makes mistakes and am filled with shame over this incident. I am truly very sorry," she wrote. 

She did not detail what she said or did during the flight in her statement.

However, witnesses told U.S. media outlets TMZ and People that, following a series of disturbing outbursts en route from Cancun to Los Angeles on Monday, the actress was attended to by nurses and eventually removed via stretcher from LAX. 

The reports indicated Blair was crying and talking about an abusive man.

Apologizes to flight crew, fellow passengers

In her statement, the actress said her son, Arthur, was asleep with headphones on at the time and wasn't aware of the incident. His father, Blair's ex-boyfriend Jason Bleick, was asleep at the time as well, she said.

The actress also apologized for inconveniencing the flight crew and other passengers, and she thanked those who came to her aid. 

Blair is best known for movies such as Legally Blonde and Cruel Intentions, with her most recent roles including Mothers and Daughters and The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. 

Many fans offered her messages of understanding and support on social media.

A recent Instagram post she shared — featuring a picture of the actress and her son in their plane seats — drew a host of comments that range from general words of encouragement to people saying something similar has happened to them in the past.

A spokeswoman for the actress has not responded to requests for comment about the incident or the statement she shared with Vanity Fair.

Recent aviation history is rife with examples of well-known personalities behaving badly, with several cases involving the ejection of the celebrity from the flight before take-off. From Courtney Love's verbal abuse to Justin Bieber's pot provocations to the infamous urination incident involving french actor Gerard Depardieu, here's a look at less than A-class on-air behaviour from famous faces.

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      Jelena Adzic

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      Jelena Adzic is a reporter, writer and radio columnist with the CBC Arts Unit. Her eyes light up at the mention of design, visual art and architecture.

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