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Ralph Lauren’s niece fined at Clare court for ‘air rage’ incident

Niece of fashion designer Ralph Lauren, Jennifer Lauren arrives at court.

Niece of fashion designer Ralph Lauren, Jennifer Lauren arrives at court.

The niece of fashion designer Ralph Lauren has been fined 2,000 euros (£1,650) for pushing an air hostess and swearing at airline staff .

Jennifer Lauren pleaded guilty to breaching the peace and being drunk on board a transatlantic Delta Air Lines flight which had to be diverted to Shannon Airport in the west of Ireland on Monday afternoon.

The 41-year-old appeared before Ennis District Court in Co Clare, where her solicitor claimed Lauren was upset and embarrassed by her actions which she said were out of character and caused by a reaction to alcohol mixed with medication.

More than 200 passengers and crew were on board the flight from Barcelona to New York when the air rage incident took place.

The diversion cost Delta 43,158 US dollars (31,770 euros/£26,269).

The defendant admitted being intoxicated to such an extent as would give rise to a reasonable apprehension that she might endanger herself or other persons on board the aircraft and to breaching the peace by engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour.

A third charge, of engaging in behaviour likely to cause serious offence or annoyance to any person on board the aircraft, after being asked by a crew member to stop, was withdrawn by the prosecution.

All the charges were brought under the Air Navigation and Transport Act 1973.

Lauren bit her lip and looked to the ground in the dock while Garda Inspector Tom Kennedy told the court she had been loud-mouthed, abusive and threatening on the aircraft.

He said the flight, bound for New York’s JFK airport, had been in the air for two hours when an air hostess noticed the defendant crying in her seat, 21G, which would not recline properly.

He said Lauren told stewardess Constance Topping to “get the f*** out of my face” as she tried to help, and when told to calm down she became more abusive.

The court heard Ms Topping went to brief her supervisor Jennifer Simpson at the top of the plane and Lauren followed her through first class and in the galley “at speed” where she ranted, roared and shouted incoherently.

“She told the air hostess she was going to go ballistic and pushed the air hostess hard and she hit her back against the wall of the aircraft,” Mr Kennedy said.

He revealed her frightening experience continued with Lauren calling her a “f****** ugly, blonde b***h” and calling Ms Simpson a “fat ugly, unhappy, blonde b***h”.

A pilot on a rest break in the cabin also intervened and was called “an a*****e” by the defendant, Mr Kennedy added.

Lauren, dressed in a black jumper, burgundy velvet skirt and boots, looked back to her friends for reassurance as the details were outlined to the packed courtroom.

 

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