Jonathan Rhys Meyers has been receiving some bad press after causing a huge scene during a flight on July 8. It was so bad that he was detained by police at the Los Angeles International Airport.
A female passenger who was sitting in front of the actor detailed what happened in-flight. He was traveling with his wife, Mara Lane, and their 1-year-old son, Wolf.
Meyers, who has a history of alcohol abuse, “was requesting drink after drink … Throughout the journey he was getting more and more agitated, mumbling, cursing under his breath and kicking the ground.”
Lane put up a privacy screen, but, at one point, a flight attendant asked if she could intervene. “They told her that if he didn’t stop using the e-cigarette, we’d have to land the plane early and get him off so she tried to tell him that.”
This only agitated Meyers further. “That’s when he really lost it,” the passenger told The Sun. “He was yelling at her, ‘F— you, shut the f— up, I’m divorcing you when I get back, you’re annoying leave me the f— alone.'”
Lane, despite that, stayed calm “and told him it would be okay and tried to give him a water bottle, but he shoved it back at her and said, ‘Just f—ing stay away from me.’ [Meyers] was pushing at her little divider and telling her to get [it] down. It was horrible, a total outburst. I really fear for his wife and their child.”
The situation got so bad that the 40-year-old was placed in a seat away from his family. An off-duty pilot watched him, and a police officer met with Meyers after the plane landed. The passenger gave a statement to the police and urged Lane seek help for herself and her son. “No one should be treated like that,” the woman said. The actor was briefly detained then released.
Lane wrote a message on Instagram to apologize for her husband’s actions. She explained that they are trying to work through his addiction issues as a family.
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8 months of sobriety and an unfortunate day of airline travel. We were in South America specifically working holistically through anger issues that result in these kinds of episodes. When in it… he is not in a frame of mind where he can really even comprehend the repercussions and necessary response to his own actions. J IS extremely sorry for any inconveniences caused to anyone traveling yesterday. There was no argument, just me asking him to not use his e cig per stewardess’ request to me and him not being himself, speaking very very unkindly. It was out of his character. It was unbeknownst to me anything that happened on flight, as I was with my son with a privacy wall up. We are home safe and he is feeling deeply sorry for any remote disrespect afforded to me, attendants, onlookers or officers. Thank you for your compassion on this ongoing battle with addiction we are in