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Jennifer Lauren leaving Ennis District Court. Photo: PA

Jennifer Lauren leaving Ennis District Court. Photo: PA

Jennifer Lauren leaving Ennis District Court. Photo: PA

THE niece of designer Ralph Lauren could be sued over an air-rage incident.

Jennifer Lauren (41) was fined €2,000 after a foul-mouthed tirade against cabin crew led to a flight diversion.

The incident occurred on Monday on a transatlantic flight between Barcelona and New York. She pleaded guilty to two charges of being intoxicated on board the aircraft and breach of the peace.

The New York-based jewellery designer abused three Delta Airlines staff, pushing one against a wall and twice labelling air hostesses an "ugly blonde bitch".

Now her lawyer, Sharon Curley, has admitted that Lauren faces the prospect of further legal action, which could involve compensation after the flight was diverted to Shannon.

The total cost of the incident came to €31,801, including €12,697 for discommoding 209 passengers and crew on board.

Ms Curley yesterday told Ennis District Court that on arrival in Shannon, Lauren asked gardai to speak "in English" because she thought she had landed in Spain. The court heard Lauren suffered from depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety. She had previously suffered from anorexia.

Two hours into the flight, air hostess Constance Topping noticed Ms Lauren crying and leaning against the wall of the aircraft. On informing her that the seat would not recline, Ms Topping leaned in only to be told by the defendant to "get the f**k out of her face".

Lauren left her seat and followed Ms Topping up the aisle. There she pushed her against the wall, calling her a "f***ing ugly blonde bitch".

A second air hostess, Jennifer Simpson, was also abused, with Lauren calling her "a fat, ugly, unhappy blonde bitch".

A second pilot who was resting in the body of the aircraft also approached Ms Lauren in a bid to calm her down, but was told: "You're an asshole."

At this stage, passengers on the flight had become anxious. The captain of the flight, which was then 300 to 400 miles over the Atlantic, took the decision to divert to Shannon.

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