Ralph Lauren niece charged over air rage incident

Jenny Lauren (41) to appear before Killaloe District Court tomorrow

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. Photograph: jennylaurenjewelry.com

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. Photograph: jennylaurenjewelry.com

Mon, Jan 6, 2014, 19:42

A 41-year old niece of fashion designer Ralph Lauren is to appear in 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 gardaí after touching down at the airport at 13.47.

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

Tonight, gardaí lay three separate charges against Ms Lauren arising from the incident.

She will spend tonight in custody at the station before appearing at Killaloe District Court in the morning.

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 for a pair of earrings to $5,000 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 $7.7billion as a result of his worldwide clothing empire. The Bronx native started off his business in the 1960s selling neckties in Manhattan.

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