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UK climate activist denies causing London airport nuisance

October 12, 2019
An image taken from a live video feed on the Facebook page of climate change activists Extinction Rebellion of paralympian James Brown lying on top of a British Airways plane at City Airport, London, Thursday Oct. 10, 2019. Some hundreds of climate change activists are in London during a fourth day of world protests by the Extinction Rebellion movement to demand more urgent actions to counter global warming. (Extinction Rebellion via AP)
An image taken from a live video feed on the Facebook page of climate change activists Extinction Rebellion of paralympian James Brown lying on top of a British Airways plane at City Airport, London, Thursday Oct. 10, 2019. Some hundreds of climate change activists are in London during a fourth day of world protests by the Extinction Rebellion movement to demand more urgent actions to counter global warming. (Extinction Rebellion via AP)

LONDON (AP) — A medal-winning Paralympian who allegedly glued himself to a British Airways plane at a London airport has denied causing a public nuisance as he sought to draw attention to global warming.

James Brown appeared Saturday at Westminster Magistrates Court, where his lawyer pleaded not guilty to the charge on his behalf.

Brown is accused of climbing on and sticking himself to the plane at London City Airport on Thursday.

The 55-year-old says he isn’t “denying what I did, but I was compelled to do what I did because of my concerns for the future of my children.”

A judge granted Brown conditional bail and prohibited him from going within a mile of any U.K. airport

Brown is visually impaired and won two gold medals in cycling while competing for Britain in the 1984 Summer Paralympics.