Jonathan Rhys Meyers was detained by police at LAX airport on Sunday following an incident on a plane on which he was travelling.
The Irish actor was flying from Miami to Los Angeles with his wife Mara, when it was reported that he became involved in a “verbal dispute” with her and was using an e-cigarette, which are forbidden on flights. When asked to stop he cooperated but police were still notified.
Upon landing, officers from the LAPD met Meyers off the plane and detained him for questioning, after which he was released.
People magazine report police as saying: “We had a situation where police received a call for service about a passenger that was arguing with his female companion and possibly smoking. Officers met the aircraft at gate upon arrival, detained parties involved and conducted a thorough investigation.
“We determined a male and his companion were having a verbal dispute during the flight and he got up and took a hit of e-cigarette. He was advised against by a flight attendant due to a violation of regulations and he complied.”
Meyers’ wife Mara took to Instagram to explain the incident afterwards, saying that the pair had been in South America “working holistically through anger issues that result in these kinds of episodes” and that the actor had been 8 months sober. “J IS extremely sorry for any inconveniences caused to anyone traveling yesterday,” she wrote. “There was no argument, just me asking him to not use his e cig per stewardessâ€™ request to me and him not being himself, speaking very very unkindly. It was out of his character.”