Jonathan Rhys Meyers Apologizes For Airline Incident: Alcohol Doesn't Suit Me

By Paul Gaita 07/24/18

Meyers revealed that his recent, highly-publicized inflight trouble was the result of a lapse in his sobriety. 

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Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers issued a statement in the wake of a verbal altercation with his wife during a flight that appears to have been fueled by alcohol consumption.

The Tudors actor, who has a history of substance-related issues, apologized for the incident, which culminated in his detainment by police at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on July 8, 2018.

Meyers, who had allegedly been drinking prior to the incident with his wife, and according to media reports, attempted to smoke an e-cigarette in the plane's bathroom, but was stopped by a flight attendant.

Meyers' wife, Mara, also issued a statement on Instagram in which she thanked the public for their "compassion on this ongoing battle with addiction we are in (sic)."

According to TMZ, sources reported that Meyers had been drinking on the flight from Miami to Los Angeles, which prompted an argument with his wife that was allegedly "laced with profanities" and proved upsetting to other passengers.

Meyers then left his seat for the plane's bathroom while smoking the e-cigarette, which is a federal violation onboard a flight.

Meyers reportedly stopped smoking after being asked by the flight attendant; upon landing, Meyers was detained by law enforcement, which also contacted the FBI over the vaping incident.

Both the argument and the smoking issues appear to have been settled without charges against Meyers.

Speaking on Larry King Now, Meyers took responsibility for the incident, which he said was prompted by a series of challenges including travel fatigue—Meyers and his wife had been aboard a flight from Peru prior to the departure from Miami, and were traveling with their one-year-old son, Wolf, who was teething.

Meyers also claimed that the airline had "given away their tickets" prior to departure, which added to the stress.

Upon boarding the American Airlines flight, Meyers said that he "very stupidly decided to order a drink," which he said "doesn't suit me and I had been sober for a long time."

The drink also sparked the argument with his wife, after which he said he "felt that mistake and got upset" before taking out the e-cigarette.

Meyers added that he was upset by his behavior towards his wife and its impact on the other passengers, to whom he apologized. He also noted that the Los Angeles police had been "incredibly kind" to him during their conversation after the flight.

In her Instagram post, Mara Meyers said that the incident was a result of "anger issues" that the couple had actually traveled to South America to address through holistic work. She said that the situation was "out of his character," and that Meyers was feeling "sorry for any remote disrespect afforded to me, attendants, onlookers or officers."

She concluded by thanking readers for their compassion during what she called her husband's "ongoing battle" with addiction.

Meyers, whose credits include Velvet Goldmine, Match Point and an Emmy-nominated turn as Elvis Presley in the 2005 miniseries Elvis, has sought help through rehabilitation on several occasions since 2007, including a recent stint in 2017.

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Paul Gaita lives in Los Angeles. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Variety, LA Weekly, Amazon.com and The Los Angeles Beat, among many other publications and websites. 

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