Ralph Lauren's niece held on 'air rage' charges

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 7, 2014 at 10:59 am •  Published: January 7, 2014
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DUBLIN (AP) — The niece of fashion designer Ralph Lauren was arraigned Tuesday on charges of being dangerously drunk, threatening and verbally abusive on a New York-bound plane, forcing it to land in Ireland.

Jewelry designer Jenny Lauren was arrested Monday after a Delta flight from Barcelona, Spain, made an unscheduled two-hour stop at Shannon, the major airport in western Ireland, to remove her from the plane.

Lauren, 41, swore an oath on a Bible, then confirmed her name, American nationality and passport details. She offered no plea to three charges: making threats and abusive comments, exhibiting drunkenness severe enough to pose a danger to herself and others, and behaving in an obnoxious and offensive fashion.

The judge, Patrick Durcan, freed her on bail of 2,500 euros ($3,400). She was ordered to stay at a hotel in the town of Shannon, report to its police station, and surrender her passport.

Lauren's New York-based team of lawyers said she intended to plead guilty to all three counts Wednesday at a courthouse in the nearby town of Ennis.

The Irish law governing "air rage" cases gives wide latitude to the judge to impose sentences ranging from probation to, in cases of hijacking, life in prison. But court officials said the typical handling of cases like Lauren's involve imposition of a cash fine and a suspended sentence.