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Ralph Lauren's niece Jennifer may be sued for Delta Airlines plane rant

By Caroline Crawford

The foul-mouthed niece of fashion mogul Ralph Lauren is facing the prospect of being sued over an air-rage incident in which she abused three crew members.

Jennifer Lauren has already been fined €2,000 (£1,650) in an Irish court after a drunken tirade against air staff led to a flight being diverted.

Loud-mouth Lauren, with an address at East 65th Street in New York, abused three Delta Airlines staff, pushing one against a wall and twice saying "ugly blonde b****" to air hostesses.

The 41-year-old jewellery designer pleaded guilty to two charges of being drunk on board the plane and breaching the peace.

She could now face further legal action, involving paying out compensation, after the flight between Barcelona and New York was diverted to Shannon, her defence solicitor Sharon Curley admitted.

The cost of the incident came to €31,801 (£26,249) including €12,697 (£10,479) for inconveniencing passengers.

Delta Airlines was unavailable for comment.

The incident occurred on Monday after Ms Lauren's seat on the transatlantic flight was unable to recline.

Ennis District Court was told yesterday that two hours into the flight air hostess Constance Topping noticed Ms Lauren crying and was told by the defendant to "get the f*** out of her face".

Ms Lauren then left her seat, following Ms Topping at speed up the aisle. There she pushed the air hostess against the wall, calling her a "f****** ugly blonde b****".

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

At this stage passengers on the flight had become anxious and the captain on the flight diverted the plane to Shannon.

Upon landing Ms Lauren was arrested.

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