JENNY Lauren – niece of fashion icon Ralph Lauren – has performed a bizarre U-turn, denying that she was drunk and insisting she never pushed a Delta flight attendant on board a transatlantic flight.
The jewellery designer pleaded guilty to two charges of being intoxicated on board the aircraft and breaching the peace last week in an air rage incident.
She could now face additional legal action, involving paying out compensation, after the flight she was taking between Barcelona and New York was diverted to Shannon Airport.
The cost of the incident came to €31,801.
However, in an email to the New York Post, Ms Lauren (41) claimed: "I would never hurt anybody. I was not intoxicated. I did not push anyone,".
In her email she claims that a Bloody Mary cocktail she ordered on board "was my first and only drink."
"I stood up for myself to one stewardess who was rude and unkind and the next thing you know, they were landing the plane," she said.
"I was rushing up to see my friend in first class when they said they were going to land the plane. They threatened me," Lauren insisted.
Lauren did admit that she might have lost her temper during the flight.
"When they announced that the plane was landing due to a passenger, I am ashamed to admit, I called that one stewardess a 'blonde, fat, unhappy witch'," she conceded.
Ms Lauren flew home less than 24 hours after she walked free from Ennis District Court following being convicted and ordered to pay €2,000 in relation to an air rage offence.
Outlining the facts behind the incident on board the JFK-bound flight, Inspector Tom Kennedy told the court that Ms Lauren had called one female member of cabin crew, Jennifer Simpson "a fat, ugly, unhappy, blond b****".
Ms Lauren went on to tell another female staff member, Constance Topping, that she was "a f****** ugly, blond bitch".
The court also heard that while the fashion designer was under the influence of a cocktail of prescribed medicine and alcohol, Ms Lauren had pushed Ms Topping hard up against the wall of the aircraft.
The incident arose over Ms Lauren having problems with her reclining seat.