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The earliest controversy with Buffett was his recording of "God's Own Drunk"
found on the album Living and Dying in ¾ Time. In 1983 the son of the late
entertainer Lord Buckley sued Buffett for $11 million for copyright
infringement claiming that Buffett took parts of the monologue from Buckley's A
Tribute to Buckley and claimed it as his own work in "God's Own Drunk". The
suit also alleged that Buffett's "blasphemous" rendition presented to the
public a distorted impression of Lord Buckley. They got an injunction
against Buffett which prevented him from performing the song until the lawsuit
was settled or resolved. So, in 1986 when Buffett would get to the part of his
show where he would normally perform "God's Own Drunk," he would say that he
still isn't allowed to play it because of the lawsuit and instead played a song
he wrote called "The Lawyer and the Asshole" in which he accuses Buckley's son
and lawyers as being greedy and tells them to "kiss his ass."
On October 6, 2006, it was reported that Buffett had been detained by French
custom officials in Saint Tropez for allegedly carrying over 100 pills of
ecstasy.Buffett’s luggage was searched after his Dassault Falcon
900 private jet landed at Toulon-Hyères International Airport. He paid a fine
of $300 and was released. A spokesperson for Buffett stated the pills in
question were prescription drugs, but declined to name the drug or the health
problem for which he was being treated. Buffett released a statement that the
"ecstasy" was in fact, a Vitamin B supplement known as Foltx.
This was not the first time Buffett had been assumed to be carrying drugs. In
January 1996 his Grumman HU-16 airplane nicknamed "Hemisphere Dancer" was shot
at by Jamaican police who believed the craft to be smuggling marijuana. The
aircraft sustained minimal damage. On board the plane with Buffett were U2's
Bono, and Island Records producer Chris Blackwell, and co-pilot Bill Dindy. The
Jamaican government acknowledged the mistake and apologized to Buffett who
penned the song "Jamaica Mistaica" for his Banana Wind album based on the
On February 4, 2001, he was ejected from the American Airlines Arena in Miami
during a Miami Heat/New York Knicks basketball game for cursing. After the
game, referee Joe Forte said that he ordered the singer moved during the fourth
quarter because "there was a little boy sitting next to him and a lady sitting
by him. He used some words he knows he shouldn't have used."
However, Forte apparently didn't know who he'd just removed from the arena.
Heat coach Pat Riley tried to explain who Buffett was to Forte and was censured
himself because the referee thought Riley was insulting him by asking if he'd
ever been a "Parrothead," the nickname for Buffett fanatics.
Though Buffett didn't comment immediately after the incident, he did appear on
The Today Show three days later and talked with Matt Lauer about the ejection.
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