From The Daily Mail:
A 41-year old niece of fashion icon Ralph Lauren was fined €2,000 (£1,650) in relation to an air rage incident on board a New York-bound flight on Monday.
At a hearing on Wednesday Judge Patrick Durcan imposed the fine on Jenny Lauren after hearing that on a cocktail of alcohol and prescribed medicines, she launched a foul-mouthed tirade against cabin crew on board the Delta Airlines flight.
She also pushed one member of staff up the against the aircraft wall.
Ms Lauren pleaded guilty to causing a breach of the peace on board the Barcelona-JFK flight and being intoxicated. A third related air rage charge was withdrawn by the State in court.
Lauren bit her lip and looked to the ground in the dock as Garda Inspector Tom Kennedy told the judge air crew were left frightened by the attack.
He said the flight 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 revealed 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, who was not a first-class passenger, nevertheless followed her through first class and in to the galley ‘at speed’ where she ranted, roared and shouted incoherently.
Insp Kennedy said: 'Passengers were getting concerned and standing up out of their seats. 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.'
He revealed her frightening experience continued with Lauren calling Ms Topping a ‘f****** ugly, blonde b***h’ and Ms Simpson a ‘fat ugly, unhappy, blonde b***h’.
When a pilot on a rest break in the cabin intervened he was told ‘you're an a*****e’ by the defendant, Mr Kennedy added.
The flight had to be diverted almost 400 miles back to Shannon Airport, with the abuse continuing for more than an hour until touchdown when Lauren was arrested by gardai.
Lauren, dressed in a black jumper, burgundy velvet skirt and boots, did not speak during the hearing and looked back to her friends for reassurance as the details were outlined to the packed courtroom.
On touchdown officers noted she was incoherent and smelt of alcohol, despite airline crew stating she drank little or no alcohol on board.
When arrested under caution at the airport she replied: 'Can you say that in English please?' She later claimed she thought she had landed in Spain.
More than 200 passengers and crew were on board the flight when the air rage incident took place.
The diversion cost Delta 43,158 US dollars (31,770 euros/£26,269).
Ms Lauren's solicitor, Sharon Curley, said that her actions on the aircraft were ‘bizarre’ and completely out of character.
She said Lauren has little memory of the incident despite only consuming three alcoholic drinks.
'My client is extremely embarrassed and extremely upset by her actions,' Ms Curley said, offering her apologies to the airline crew, passengers and gardai.
She said when the 'stimulants' wore off and Lauren 'returned to herself' she was unable to believe what happened.
Ms Curley revealed Lauren - a fine arts graduate with an unblemished record and no other convictions - has previously suffered from anorexia and written a book on her experience and won awards from eating disorder charities for her work.
A testimonial from Ms Lauren’s father, Jerry, was read out in the hearing.
He wrote: ‘I know that this will not be repeated. This is not the Jenny everyone knows and cares for.’
Ms Curley added: 'She lost her Mum several years which she found extremely tough and she has indicated to me that she was upset over the Christmas period as it is a family time thinking about her Mum.
'She found the combination of the drinks, the altitude, medication and separation from her travelling companion made her act completely out of character.'
Ms Curley said that her client ‘is aware that the element of compensation is something that she may have to face, possibly in another forum.’
Judge Durcan said that Ms Lauren’s actions in abusing the staff were reprehensible.
He described the ‘very personal insults’ directed at the two air hostesses and pilot ‘as nothing short of reprehensible’.
‘By virtue of the behaviour of this woman over 100 people had their schedules disrupted,’ he added.
‘All of that in my view is serious in the extreme.’
However, he said that Ms Lauren was of impeccable character and accepted what happened was completely out of character.
All the charges were brought under the Air Navigation and Transport Act 1973.
Lauren owns a jewellery line called Jenny Lauren Jewellery
A close friend said on Monday that Lauren had her alleged drunken meltdown on a transatlantic flight because she has a 'long history' of anxiety on planes.
Melanie Beck said that Jenny could have turned to drink to calm her deep rooted 'fear of flight'.
Ms Beck claimed that the incident was just a one off and her friend had 'matured' from the days when anorexia controlled her life - with no intention of going back.
Ms Beck used to live with Jenny in Santa Fe, New Mexico when she was recovering from the eating disorder and said the two have a 'long history' together.
She said that Jenny had been in Barcelona recently and her posts on Facebook suggested she was having a great time.
Ms Beck said: 'It's inexplicable. She's not in a dark place, she has long outgrown that. I think that she has a history of anxiety on airplanes.
'I think that's true. She has had a long history of fear of flying. She could have been drinking to ease that. I think that's how most people drink on planes (to ease anxiety).’
Lauren's old friend added the person Jenny describes in her memoir - it features a frank account of her battle with anorexia - is the person she was 'years ago' and that she is a 'grown woman now'.
Ms Beck admitted that her friend had a 'lot of explosive energy' when she was younger but she claimed that was 'years ago'.
She said that when Jenny used to live in her home in Santa Fe together, which was more than a year ago, they travelled on long haul flights together including to Brazil with no issues.
Ms Beck said: 'This doesn't seem like the Jenny that I know. She is a sophisticated woman. Totally sophisticated. 'I've travelled many places around the world and I have never seen her act out on an airplane or in a restaurant or a public place like that. I'm shocked.'
Dressed in a smart black dress, coat and boots, the New York-based jewellery designer wept before her court hearing and then clutched her hands as she appeared before Killaloe District Court.
The unusual sitting was held in the downstairs function room of the Brian Boru pub - named after the ancient High King of Ireland - as there is no dedicated courthouse in the area.
Ms Lauren sat only feet away from Guinness and Heineken taps and under switched off disco lights as her name was called out in the licenced premises.
She left the initial hearing on Tuesday in a black 4x4 and covered her face as she ducked past photographers into the vehicle.
The case is due to be heard again tomorrow at Ennis District Court where sentencing will be decided on a guilty plea from Lauren.
The flight was able to continue its journey to New York just over two hours after touchdown.
Her company Jenny Lauren Jewellery operates in the US and sells items prices from $350 to $5,000.
Speaking from his Manhattan apartment, Jenny Lauren's brother Brad said he was unaware of the incident - but was not surprised.
He said: 'That seems like Jenny. She can be explosive with her temper. I don't know what could cause her to snap. She just has an explosive personality.'
Brad Lauren, 46, said that he did not believe his sister's demons were coming back to haunt her and that it was just her temper that was to blame.
He said: 'Things are going really well for her...The jewelry business is terrific, everything is really good. I know that she was in Europe for the holidays but I don't know anything else.'
Brad Lauren added that his sister would be 'very embarrassed by this' and would be glad to get back to New York.