Conrad Hilton's Plane Tantrum: Calls Fliers 'Peasants'

And he could get up to 20 years in prison for it
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2015 10:58 AM CST
Conrad Hilton's Plane Outburst: Calls Fliers 'Peasants'
In this Sept. 30, 2008 file photo, Conrad Hilton, left, Kathy Hilton, center, and Rick Hilton arrive at the launch party of new MTV series "Paris Hilton's My New BFF" in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)

We haven't heard much about Paris Hilton lately, but fear not: little brother Conrad Hilton is here to misbehave in her place. The 20-year-old surrendered to the FBI yesterday over charges that he assaulted and intimidated flight attendants on a British Airways flight from London to LA in July. Prosecutors say Hilton became disruptive and appeared to be on drugs, pacing the aisles, blocking flight attendants and throwing a fist toward one, punching the bulkhead, accusing a passenger of giving him the "stink eye," and causing frightened children to cry as he screamed profanities. Among the charming things he allegedly yelled, per the Los Angeles Times and TMZ:

  • "I will f---ing own anyone on this flight; they are f---ing peasants."
  • "I could get you all fired in five minutes. I know your boss. My father will pay this out, he has done it before. Dad paid $300,000 last time."
    "If you wanna square up to me bro, then bring it and I will f---ing fight you."
    "I am going to f---ing kill you."
    "I will f---ing rip through you."

After two safety briefings, crew members were finally able to handcuff Hilton to his seat while he was asleep; upon waking, he allegedly continued to yell obscenities until police came onboard. All that's being reported of Hilton's side so far is that he told investigators he was defending himself and that he "told all of them I could get all of their jobs taken away in less than 30 seconds." His attorney says he had taken a sleeping pill before the flight, and it must have had unanticipated side effects. Passengers also claimed to have smelled marijuana coming from the bathroom. Hilton has been charged with interfering with a flight crew and faces up to 20 years in prison, the Telegraph reports; he's been released on bail. Salon notes that Hilton went into rehab in 2012 after crashing into a parked car, but didn't complete the program; he also reportedly did 30 days of rehab after the July flight. (Click for more celebrities behaving badly on planes.)

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