A Melbourne woman who worked with punk rocker John Lydon has claimed she once spat in his sushi because he was so rude.
Chrissie Vincent-James came forward with the story after watching the Sex Pistols frontman clash with The Project host Carrie Bickmore during an interview on Tuesday night, news.com.au reports.
Vincent-James worked as a publicist for Virgin in the US when the Sex Pistols released an album back in 1996.
''I introduced myself to him and he said, 'So? I don't give a s---'. Now f--- off','' she was quoted as saying.
''The hotel had sent up all this food but Lydon wanted sushi. He kept ranting 'I want f----ng sushi'.
"So I had to go and get him the sushi. And I spat in his sushi. And he ate it.''
Lydon has had to defend himself against accusations of misogyny after his interview with Bickmore, in which he repeatedly told her ''shut up".
''Now listen, when a man is talking do not interrupt,'' the 57-year-old frontman said at one point when Bickmore was trying to ask a question.
''There's a difference between being controversial and being rude and when he was telling me to shut up and to never interrupt a man and stuff I was just, like, that is disgusting," Bickmore said later.
But Lydon has been unapologetic.
"There were a lot of people shouting all at once and I couldn't quite make out who was what," he told reporters yesterday.
"Some really silly idiotic words have been bandied about since. It's quite clear to me I'm not sexist, I'm not a misogynist."
Author: Erin Tennant, Approving editor: Mark Worley