Ralph Lauren's niece fined for air rage

Published Wednesday, 08 January 2014
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The niece of US fashion designer Ralph Lauren has been fined over a drunken air rage incident which cost the airline more than $43,000, a day after she first appeared at a court hearing in an Irish pub.

Ralph Lauren's niece fined for air rage
Jennifer Lauren, niece of designer Ralph Lauren, leaves Ennis District Court. (© PA)

Jennifer Lauren had been onboard a transatlantic flight from Barcelona to New York which had to be diverted to Shannon Airport in the Republic of Ireland on Monday afternoon.

The 41-year-old initially appeared before Killaloe District Court, sitting in the downstairs function room of the Brian Boru pub.

On Wednesday, at Ennis District Court in Co Clare, she pleaded guilty to being drunk on the plane and breaching the peace.

More than 200 passengers and crew were on the flight at the time.

A Garda officer told the court that Lauren had been loud-mouthed, abusive and threatening as she swore at airline staff and pushed a stewardess into the wall of the aircraft.

The flight had been in the air for two hours when the stewardess noticed the defendant crying in her seat which would not recline properly, the officer explained.

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.

Garda officer, in court

He added that Lauren told the staff member to "get the f*** out of my face" as she tried to help.

When asked to calm down, she was said to have become more abusive - following the stewardess through the first class section and into the gallery where she ranted angry abuse at her.

She called her a "fat, ugly, unhappy, blonde b****", the court heard.

A pilot who also intervened while on a rest break in the cabin was called "an a**hole" by Lauren.

The jewellery designer's solicitor claimed her client was upset and embarrassed by her actions, adding that they were out of character and caused by a reaction to alcohol mixed with medication.

The diversion of almost 400 miles to Shannon cost the airline $43,158.

More than 100 passengers were affected, with 10 having to be put on later connecting flights, 70 given an overnight stay, and 27 staying for two nights in New York.

Lauren, who looked towards her friends for reassurance during the court proceedings, was fined €2,000 by Judge Patrick Durcan.

He branded the personal insults towards the airline staff as "nothing short of reprehensible" and said that the disruption to other passengers was "serious in the extreme".

Lauren refused to comment as she left the court.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Thomas in Co Antrim wrote (381 days ago):
Regardless of the venue for the court hearing, a 2000 euro fine is a joke, this obnoxious woman should have got 6 months behind bars for her appalling behaviour.
alastair in donegal wrote (383 days ago):
yes gerard , the "court" was held in the function room of a pub ! only in ireland ! wonder what the New York lawyers would think of that ???
leeanne in bambridge wrote (383 days ago):
what court in the brian boru pub?? Would only happen in ireland in 2014!! ...#toofunny
Dympna Doherty in San francisco wrote (383 days ago):
I was wondering the same thing about appearing in court in a pub! Did she go for hair of the dog?
Paul in Belfast wrote (383 days ago):
Thats was fab she give abused while under the influence of alcohol so they held her trial in a pub - class ir what??
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