Monday 20 May 2019

‘Can you say that in English please?’ - Ralph Lauren’s niece asked arresting guard to repeat herself

Jennifer Lauren in court in Clare charged with being drunk on flight diverted to Shannon

Jennifer Lauren, leaving a sitting of Killaloe District Court held in the downstairs function room of the Brian Boru pub. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Jennifer Lauren, leaving a sitting of Killaloe District Court held in the downstairs function room of the Brian Boru pub. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Brian Boru pub in Killaloe Co Tipperary where Jennifer Lauren appeared before a sitting of Killaloe District Court
Jenny Lauren appearing at Killaloe Court, Co Clare
Jenny Lauren (41), niece of fashion icon Ralph Lauren, arrives at Killaloe Court, Co Clare
Jenny Lauren and her father Jerry Lauren
Designer Ralph Lauren

THE niece of fashion designer Ralph Lauren has been charged with being drunk and breaching the peace on a New York bound flight causing it to be diverted to Shannon airport.

Jennifer Lauren (41) appeared before Killaloe District Court this morning where she faced three charges in relation to the air rage incident which led to a New York bound flight being diverted to Shannon.

Sharon Curely, defence solicitor for the jewellery designer indicated that her client would enter a plea to all charges.

Judge Patrick Durcan refused to deal with the plea today, adjourning the case to tomorrow's sitting of Ennis District Court.

Ms Lauren with an address on East 65th Street New York, was charged with being intoxicated to such an extent as would give rise to a reasonable apprehension that she might endanger herself or another person on board the aircraft.

She was further charged with engaging in behaviour likely to cause serious offence or annoyance to any person on board the aircraft, having been requested by a member of the crew of the aircraft to cease such behaviour.

Ms Lauren was also charged with a breach of the peace by engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour.

All three charges relate to the Air Navigation and Transport Act 1973.

Garda Yvette Walsh told the court that she arrested the accused at Shannon Airport at 2.05pm yesterday to which Ms Lauren replied; "Can you say that in English please." She was later charged at Shannon Garda station and made no reply after each charge.

During the brief hearing Ms Lauren spoke only to confirm her nationality, that she held no other nationalities and that she had no other passport.

Judge Durcan rejected an offer of an €800 lodgement for bail made by Ms Sharon Curley. He consented to bail on a bond of €2,5000.

Judge Durcan told Ms Curely that the court would be taking into account a number of matters in the case including the "nature and extent of discommoding other people", the cost to the airline and the cost to Shannon authorities.

"These are the issues that have to be addressed and the court will have to be satisfied before it can be discharged," he added.

Ms Lauren appeared before Judge Durcan at the hearing which was held in the function room at the Brian Boru on the Hill bar in Ballina, Co Tipperary. After spending a night in a cell in Shannon garda station, she was driven to Ballina this morning.

The jeweller designer arrived at the pub where the court was sitting at 10.15am. Dressed head to toe in a smart black dress, long black coat and carrying a black leather bag, she was escorted into court by two women garda.

Prior to the short hearing, the jewellery designer became emotional, wiping away tears, as she spoke to her travelling companion who attended the court hearing this morning.

The incident occurred on Delta Airlines flight DL477 from Barcelona to New York on Monday afternoon. The flight which had 209 passengers and crew on board was diverted to Shannon airport as a result of Ms Lauren's behaviour.

Ms Lauren was arrested by Shannon Gardai after the plane landed at 1.47pm. She was brought to Shannon Garda Station where she was met by with a representative of the US embassy here in Ireland.


Caroline Crawford

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