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Conrad Hilton, Paris Hilton’s younger brother surrendered on Tuesday to the FBI after he had allegedly threatened to kill flight attendants from British Airways and calling fellow passengers peasants during a flight to Los Angeles from London in July.
Hilton, who is 20, reportedly intimidated and assaulted the crew to an excess and it interfered with their ability to carry out their in-flight duties according to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court.
Witnesses to the incident on the British Airways flight reported that the younger Hilton screamed profanities at passengers and crew as well as threatening to kill them. He also is alleged to have referred to passengers as peasants.
At one point, witnesses allege that Hilton we punching ferociously the plane’s bulkhead only a few centimeters from the face of one of the flight attendants. He became so out of control, said witnesses, that children on board started crying.
Witnesses told law enforcement that Hilton grabbed one of the flight attendants by the shirt and said he could have all of them fired in just minutes.
Robert Shapiro the attorney for Hilton confirmed that Hilton had used a sleeping pill prior to the flight. He also smoked both a cigarette as well as marijuana in one of the bathrooms of the plane, according to an affidavit.
When Hilton finally fell asleep the flight’s co-pilot told the FBI that he had assembled his crewmembers into a restraint team and they had handcuffed Hilton to his chair.
After the flight landed in Los Angeles, Hilton told an FBI agent that he had been returning from a trip to Greece and took a sleeping pill while in London. Hilton admitted to calling passengers peasants and that he would have killed one of the flight attendants if one of the passengers had not calmed him.
On Tuesday, authorities charged Hilton in federal court. If he is convicted the 20-year faces as many as 20 years in a federal prison.