News that courts are now jailing violent, drunken, disruptive airline passengers poses a question: what happened to Paris Hilton’s brother Conrad Hilton, 21, who was charged earlier this year after going berserk on a British Airways A380 flight from London to Los Angeles?
Hilton, readers may recall, abused passengers as “peasants” and was reported to have threatened to kill flight attendants and a co-pilot.
“I will f*cking own anyone on this flight; they are f*cking peasants!” he screamed (among many other things).
The plane’s captain ordered crew to restrain Hilton, who was said to have refused to turn off his mobile phone, to have paced around the aircraft when the fasten seatbelt signs were on, to have thrown a punch at a flight attendant’s head (but missed and hit the wall) and to have made children cry with his raging and threats.
He allegedly yelled: “If you wanna square up to me bro, then bring it and I will f***ing fight you.”
While the behaviour made headlines (see: Peasants! Berserk in-flight outrage by Paris Hilton’s brother) the sentence received less publicity, although it was reported.
Hilton, the great-grandson of the founder of the Hilton hotel empire (also called Conrad), was initially charged with a felony carrying a prison sentence of up to 20 years.
He retained renowned defence lawyer Robert Schapiro, senior partner in Los Angeles-based law firm Glaser Weil Fink Jacobs Howard Avchen and Shapiro.
Shapiro is a very good lawyer – and famous. In 1995, he successfully defended O.J. Simpson from charges that he murdered his ex-wife Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman.
After the airline incident, Hilton was released on a USD 100,000 unsecured bond. The charges were reduced to a misdemeanour carrying a prison sentence of up to six months and a fine of at least USD 5000. A deal was struck and the prosecution agreed not to press for jail.
Hilton checked into rehab and completed 30 days at a substance abuse centre.
The Huffington Post reported that Hilton’s parents asked the court to alter the scheduled sentencing date in June so they could attend the wedding of their daughter Nicky to James Rothschild, heir to the British banking dynasty in Italy.
The court obliged.
Hilton pleaded guilty to disrupting the flight. He was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to undertake 750 hours of community service.
Written by Peter Needham