Jonathan Rhys Meyers detained after drunken airport fight

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers still seems to have himself a drinking problem. Quite the drinking problem, if you believe French officials. Meyers was detained at Paris’ Charles De Gaulle airport this past weekend for getting into a drunken fight. The whole thing started when a bartender refused to serve an obviously intoxicated Meyers anymore drinks. Logically this led to fighting and punches being thrown, as most drunken things do. Well, that or they lead to sex. Luckily only the former occurred. At least according to charging papers.

Tudors star Jonathan Rhys Meyers was detained by French police on Saturday afternoon following an incident in which he allegedly assaulted an airport lounge employee while drunk, Agence France Presse reports.

The Irish actor, 31, was placed in custody for several hours for having a skirmish with bar employees and allegedly punching one at the Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris, according to reports.

The incident began when a bartender at the café area “Le Quotidien” in the departure area of the airport at terminal 2F refused to serve the actor, who appeared drunk, according to the news service. A shouting match developed between Rhys Meyers and the bar manager. Then when another bar employee tried to separate the pair, Rhys Meyers swung and punched the intervening waiter.

Police handcuffed the actor when placing him in custody, and sources tell PEOPLE that the actor remained in a sober lock-up area for three hours before being released.

The AFP reports that Rhys Meyers has been told to appear before the Correctional Tribunal in Bobigny in September to answer charges concerning, “voluntary violence, contempt, issuing death threats and assault,” according to a judicial source.

[From People]

That’s quite the list of complaints there. Contempt? I would like to know what a contempt charge looks like in France. My favorite is the issuing death threats. When Jonathan Rhys Meyers commits crimes, he goes all out. No “I hate you, jerk!” Or whatever. Only a death threat will do. Meyers has had quite the lengthy relationship with alcohol. He went to rehab in April of 2007. Then he was arrested the following November for public drunkenness. He was also photographed drinking shortly after he left rehab. Clearly it didn’t take. I’d love to say hopefully this will be the thing that does it for him, but I highly doubt it.

Here’s Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Dublin last Wednesday. Images thanks to .

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  1. ashleylk says:

    Dude, don’t be drunk. You’re too hot.

  2. Ggirl says:

    I really loved him as Elivs and in Bend It like Beckham. I wish he would get it together because he has too much talent to throw away.

  3. Diana says:

    Unfortunately in most cases it takes repeated attempts in rehab.

    Strong charges, wonder if he’ll be required to enter another rehab.

  4. LaLaLA says:

    oh goodness….he’s the next RDJr

  5. j.ann says:

    I get really sad for him whenever these stories come out because the guy had a really, really rough childhood (the pictures of him as a boy are aDORable) and these incidencts only seemed to happen after his mother got sick and then passed away a few years ago. Coinciding with when he started to get some mainstream recognition/won a Golden Globe, oddly. I hope he’s able to get past this part of his life.

  6. ccoop says:

    “I would like to know what a contempt charge looks like in France.”

    BWAHAHAHA! Good one.

  7. gg says:

    He is a good actor, but seems really skeevy and pathologically self-involved offscreen. Hope he can get his Irishness under control.

  8. Ceila says:

    just come out. You won’t have to hide behind booze anymore. lol.

  9. Eileen Yover says:

    Are you kidding? I bet he is supremo in bed. Just has that look….and I’ve seen him in The Tudors….it can’t ALL be acting!
    But the booze down Johnny!

  10. BlueSkies says:

    gg, Irishness?

  11. BlueSkies says:

    BTW, Vicadon/Perc eyes. Pills is his first problem, drink second.

  12. Joe says:

    He’s not done yet.

  13. geronimo says:

    gg, Irishness?

  14. Gloaming says:

    @, Irishness?

    Enlighten me please!!

  15. Marie says:

    He’s a good actor and all but his eyes scared the hell out of me! =p

  16. Jazz says:

    @ LaLaLA “the next RDJr”? So maybe he’ll get sober then, like RDJ. Lets hope so. Fingers crossed.

  17. Rose says:

    “his Irishness?’ I think I can speak as an Irish woman that you’re an offensive ass who buys into really stupid outdated stereotypes GG. Being a drunken idiot is not only an Irish problem.
    * thinks of Keiffer Sutherland*

  18. Neelyo says:

    As long as that show is on the air, he’s not going to get help. I think his last stay in rehab was curtailed because he had to get back to shooting.

    Shame too because all that booze is going to wreak havoc on his looks and yeah he’s talented, but with him it’s mostly about the looks.

  19. gg says:

    sorry to stereotype, but drinking and fighting can very much be inherited. I should have used some other euphemism to appease the suddenly uptight PC crowd. Ask Ryan O’Neal if you don’t get it.

    I’m part Irish and am married to a Brit/Irish person. So calm down. I meant it with all due patience. I want him to stop drinking and do well, but drinking and being an ashole does not help one’s career.

  20. Gloaming says:

    gg It’s still an annoying and unfair stereotype, and it’s just as bad as the others, imo.

    As for the Perez like apology, go raibh maith agat ;-)

  21. gg says:

    ;) yeah, cute. Gloaming, you’re just coming here to get out your own self-loathing onto other people.

    HOW DARE you compare me to perez hilton!

    Look. I’m sorry I used the word. I’m part Irish, have red hair and am covered with freckles and have a temper. It never pissed me off when people called me Irish becvause of the way I look.

    I thought I was amongst friends here since I’ve been coming here for years and people would see my meaning. Guess not. MY BAD.

    I suppose I should rail when people refer to MY Irish temper ?

  22. gg says:

    In other news, I just found out Farrah Fawcett has just passed. So sad. :(