When rich kid Conrad Hilton threw his toys out the pram and had a toddler’s tantrum on a British Airways plane bound for Los Angeles, he not only made a bit of a fool of himself, he also endangered lives and is alleged to have threatened to kill crew members. Sounds like a right rare sort, doesn’t he?
The question which now keeps Paris up all night is, will Conrad face some hard jail for his air rage antics? And if so, will any time served in the big house do the angry and extremely wealthy young man any good?
For the benefit of the tape, let’s recap.
Conrad Hilton, who insiders have described as the 20-year-old black sheep brother of Paris, 34, and Nicky, 31, had a bit of an episode — some would say a complete psychotic meltdown — on a 10-hour flight from London to Los Angeles last summer.
On July 31, 2014, young Conrad boarded flight 269 and took off for a rather ill-advised date with destiny. CNN reports that initial court papers filed in early February paint a rather poor picture of young master Hilton’s oafish behavior aboard aforesaid flight.
It is alleged that a seemingly out-of-control Conrad left his seat five minutes after the plane had taken off despite the “fasten seat belt” sign still being on. One flight attendant said that during the 10-hour flight, an itchy-footed Conrad rose from his seat at least 20 times. If only this whole sorry saga was to end there, but it doesn’t.
Court papers reveal that when a flight attendant had the bare-faced cheek to follow Conrad, the young man became enraged and screamed over and over again, “I am going to f***ing kill you!” and other assorted vulgarities.
Hilton is also alleged to have thrown a punch at the bulkhead next to the flight attendant’s head, missing his head by a mere four inches, before raging like a man possessed and making threats about getting everyone fired.
“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.”
The Independent reports that at one stage, Hilton is said to have challenged the co-pilot.
“If you wanna square up to me bro, then bring it on and I will f***ing fight you.”
He then had a pop at a male passenger who he said was “giving him the stink eye,” and allegedly added that “he either wants to fight me or f*** me, but I am not gay.”
At this point other passengers, including families with small children, became frightened and disturbed, but seemingly lost in the mist and murk of his own narcism and entitlement, Conrad then calls everyone peasants and threatens to own everyone.
“I will f***ing own anyone on this flight; they are f***ing peasants.”
Now somehow you just know that there was at least one guy on the flight who had to fight back an overwhelming urge to step up to the plate, floor Conrad with a simple but righteous punch, and say, “Yeah! Whatever rich kid.” If it was a Hollywood film and Bruce Willis had been on board flight 269, it might just have happened that way, but as it was, Conrad was simply allowed to go to the bathroom and put everyone’s lives at risk by stuffing the smoke detector with paper towels and enjoying a leisurely smoke. The boy wonder then returned to his seat and had a nap.
Deciding enough was enough, the captain of flight 269 authorized a restraint team to put a blanket and pair of handcuffs on the “sleeping beauty” 75 minutes before the plane touched down.
Waking up to find himself in cuffs and restrained like a small but violent animal, our hero immediately begins spitting obscenities at the flight crew and accused them of taking the side of the peasants. When the plane finally landed, some serious gentlemen from the FBI were on hand to welcome Conrad for a spot of questioning.
Fast forward the tape to March, 2015 and Conrad, who is free on a $100,000 bond, has reached a plea deal with prosecutors. He will now admit guilt to a misdemeanour assault against flight attendants as long as the initial federal felony he was charged with, which carries a prison sentence of up to 20 years, is dropped. The deal also requires that Hilton is recommended for probation.
Nevertheless, Conrad could still face up to six months in prison. It’s doubtful, but he could. Which begs the question, will some time behind bars allow Conrad the luxury of a period of solitary contemplation where he can evaluate his life up until the present point and appreciate his failings and weaknesses as a human being on flight 269?
Alone, friendless, lost in a cold and brutally unforgiving place, and stripped of the prestige of status, the trappings of wealth, and the intoxication of power, will Conrad come to realize that acting like a complete jerk always has consequences?
It’s highly unlikely. But let’s hope if Conrad is jailed, for his own sake, he doesn’t strut in there shouting, “I will f***ing own anyone on this block; they are f***ing peasants.”
The boys in orange jumpsuits may not take too kindly to such an attitude.