Ralph Lauren's Niece Charged Over 'Air Rage'
Ralph Lauren's niece has appeared in court charged with being drunk and abusive on a plane.
Jennifer Lauren is accused of breaching the peace on board a transatlantic flight which had to be diverted to Shannon Airport in the west of Ireland on Monday afternoon.
The New York-based jewellery designer cried before the hearing at Killaloe District Court, which is in fact the downstairs function room of a pub as there is no dedicated courtroom in the local area.
Ms Lauren, 41, was arrested as she got off the plane and was held in custody overnight.
Policewoman Yvette Walsh told the court that when she was being detained at the airport she told officers: "Can you say that in English please?"
Officers said Ms Lauren was charged with being intoxicated to such an extent that she was in danger of harming herself or other people on board the aircraft.
She was accused of engaging in behaviour likely to cause serious offence or annoyance to any person on board, after being asked by a crew member to stop.
Lauren also faced a count of breaching the peace by engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour.
Judge Patrick Durcan heard Ms Lauren was ready to enter pleas but said they would be dealt with at a second hearing at Ennis District Court on Wednesday.
More than 200 passengers and crew were on board the flight from Barcelona to New York when the alleged air rage incident took place.
The US national was granted bail on condition she stays at a hotel in Shannon town with her travelling companions and pays†£2,075 of her own money to the court.
The judge has asked for an assessment on how much the disruption has cost the airline, airport and passengers.
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