Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s niece was arrested and dragged off a plane after accusing a Latino family of “smuggling cocaine.”
Shannon Epstein, 25, then became combative on the 6 a.m. Spirit Airlines flight from New Orleans to New Jersey, injuring six sheriff’s deputies, one of whom was bitten in the altercation, according to authorities.
According to Jason Rivarde, a spokesperson for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, she even threatened the officers trying to get her off the plane, claiming that her uncle is friends with former President Donald Trump and that she knows some powerful people.
To be forced off the plane, Epstein said he had to be handcuffed to a wheelchair.
She is now charged with six counts of battery on a police officer, three counts of disturbing the peace, one of resisting arrest by force and one of remaining after being forbidden.
The foul-mouth niece was released from the Jefferson Parish Correction Center on Thanksgiving Day after posting $10,750 bail. She is due back in court on January 23.