NY Post reports that French authorities seized more than 100 tabs ecstasy from Jimmy Buffett’s luggage at Toulon-Hyères International Airport.
Buffett, who was on his way to chill out in the ritzy resort town of St. Tropez, was detained, but not arrested, and allowed to go free after paying a fine of 300 euros – about $380. That prompted one local newspaper editorial to term the slap-on-the-wrist punishment “a small amount for a man who makes $70 million a year.”
A spokeswoman for Buffett – whose hits include “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and “Why Don’t We Get Drunk” – denied he’d had any ecstasy in the luggage. The rep insisted, “It was medicine prescribed by his doctor.” But she wouldn’t name the medicine or what ailment Buffett was using it for. She also refused to comment on why, if the substance was legally prescribed, Buffett agreed to pay the fine.
We never understood the lasting appeal of Margaritaville, but if all Jimmy’s audiences are rolling, it makes a little more sense.