Sunday 25 March 2018

Niece of Ralph Lauren faces air rage charge after flight diverted to Shannon

Ralph Lauren, inset, his niece Jewellery designer, Jenny Lauren
Ralph Lauren, inset, his niece Jewellery designer, Jenny Lauren

A 41-year old niece of fashion icon, Ralph Lauren is to appear at a district court tomorrow charged in relation to an alleged air rage incident.

Jewellery designer Jenny Lauren was tonight charged at Shannon Garda station in relation to the alleged air rage incident on board a JFK New York bound flight from Barcelona this afternoon.

The captain of the Delta Air Lines flight, with 209 passengers and crew on board, diverted to Shannon airport at 13.05 today as a result of the alleged incident and Ms Lauren was arrested by Shannon Gardai after touching down at the airport at 13.47.

The New Yorker was then brought by Gardai for questioning to Shannon Garda Station where she also met with a representative of the US embassy here in Ireland.

Garda also took six witness statements from the captain of the flight and five other Delta flight crew as part of the investigation into the incident.

This evening, Shannon Gardai lay three separate charges against Ms Lauren arising from the incident.

The woman  will spend the night in custody at the station pending Gardai bringing her before Killaloe District Court.

The Delta Airlines flight remained on the tarmac for over two hours today at Shannon and continued its journey to JFK in New York at 16.15.

Ms Lauren operates a high end jewellery business, 'Jenny Lauren Jewellery' in the US with a New York Times profile on Ms Lauren in 2012 reporting prices starting at $350 (€256) for a pair of earrings to $5,000  (€3,663) for a necklace.

Ms Lauren’s 2004 memoir 'Homesick: A Memoir of Family, Food and Finding Hope' recounted her battle with an eating disorder in her teens and 20s.

Last year, Forbes magazine gave Ms Lauren’s famous uncle, 74- year old Ralph Lauren a net worth of $7.7bn (€5.6bn) as a result of his worldwide clothing empire.

The Bronx native started off his business in the 1960s selling neckties in Manhattan.

In fiscal 2013, the Ralph Lauren corporation reported revenues of $6.9bn in what Mr Ralph Lauren described as “record sales and profit levels”.

Gordon Deegan

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