Qantas has vowed to help a member of its cabin staff take legal action against musician Willl.i.am if the Black Eyed Peas front man does not retract his claim that he was a victim of racial discrimination.
Describing the incident, the musician told his 12.8 million Twitter followers that he was mistreated by a “#RacistFlightattendant” who was “beyond rude.”
“I don’t want to believe she (is) racist. But she has clearly aimed all her frustrations only at the people of color,” he wrote after sharing a photo and the full name of the staff member.
The singer said he was met by five police officers when the plane arrived at Sydney Airport.
After initially insisting the row was a misunderstanding and rejecting any allegations of racism, Qantas has gone further and offered legal support to the member of staff involved in the dispute.”
Absent a retraction, and if the crew member wanted to take the matter further, we’d certainly be willing to provide legal support for them to do this,” a spokesperson said.
The singer said on Twitter that it was his responsibility to bring the issue to light after facing a backlash for naming and shaming the employee.
The star added in an interview with Australia’s The Daily Telegraph that he didn’t want the crew member to lose her job over the incident but to “be retrained on how to deal with people.”
The Black Eyed Peas are in Australia as a part of the band’s 2019-20 world tour.