Tries To Punch, Grab Crotch Of Pilot
Ya gotta hand it to the French... as even their most ridiculous
displays of outrage do carry a certain panache.
London's Daily Telegraph reports Mathias Guerrand-Hermes was
arrested this week following a confrontation on an Air France
flight from Paris to New York.
The fracas reportedly began when the dual-monikered
Frenchman -- do we even have to mention he's an heir to the Hermes
fashion house? -- sat on a female passenger's armrest, and refused
to move when cabin attendants pointed out such behavior was quite
In fact, Guerrand-Hermes "moved toward the couple" when the
woman's husband told the prima donna (sorry, that's
Italian... and feminine -- Ed.) to move
his derriere. (French again!)
The situation escalated to the point the plane's pilot came out
to investigate. Shortly after, Guerrand-Hermes allegedly tried to
punch the captain... and "grab his testicles," according to the
"I am not going to behave myself," he reportedly told the
What transpired next isn't exactly clear -- we can guess -- but
the situation ended with Guerrand-Hermes handcuffed to a seat,
until the plane landed at JFK.
Guerrand-Hermes appeared this week before a federal court in
Brooklyn, on charges of interfering with the plane's flight crew.
He faces up to 20 years in jail for the incident, though a
six-month prison stint or even probation is more likely.
For his part, Guerrand-Hermes told the court he accidentally
combined the prescription drug Propofan with "quite a bit of
alcohol," reports The New York Times.
Officials with the FBI say the 36-year-old has since been
released on a $34,500 personal bond.
Reports do not indicate whether or not the Frenchman is confined
to the Brooklyn area until his case is heard... though ANN offers
this friendly advice should Guerrand-Hermes be forced to ride the
subway to court.
Mathias... you'd best not try any more crotch-grabbing. New
Yorkers tend to frown on such behavior, outside a Yankees or