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Paris Hilton's Brother Arrested After Going Nuts On Flight

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Paris Hilton's younger brother, Conrad Hilton, turned himself into the F.B.I. on Tuesday after flight attendants said he went on a tirade and made repeated threats to kill them on an international flight last summer.

A federal criminal complaint against the 20-year-old Hilton that was filed on Monday described in vivid detail the bizarre events that took place on British Airways flight 269 from London, England to Los Angeles on July 31, 2014, reported the L.A. Times. Hilton is facing charges that he assaulted and intimidated the flight attendants to the point where they couldn't perform their duties on the plane.

Hilton was returning home from a trip from Mykonos, Greece with his friends, but traveled alone on the leg from London to Los Angeles, according to the complaint. What started off with small problems like Hilton refusing to follow orders from flight attendants that he turn off his phone or put on his seatbelt escalated quickly to bigger problems. He allegedly began pacing up and down the aisles of the cabin, causing drink service to be delayed because he was blocking the aisles.

Then Hilton got aggressive and told a flight attendant to "fuck off" after he began following Hilton to keep check on him for his "disruptive behavior," according to the complaint. Hilton's profanity-laced threats continued for the remainder of the flight, where he repeatedly threatened to fight others and yelled out things to the flight attendants like, "I am going to fucking kill you!" "I will fucking rip through you!" and "I will fucking own you!"

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Hilton even called everyone on the flight "fucking peasants," the complaint said. At one point, he allegedly got up in the face of a flight attendant, swung his fist, and hit the bulkhead. He grabbed another flight attendant's shirt and name badge and said: "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 complaint said.

Children were crying on the plane because of his screaming and passengers were visibly upset.

A flight attendant also said that Hilton "frequently lamented" that he wanted to smoke marijuana on the plane. Hilton allegedly followed his dreams and did just that in the lower deck bathroom, as others around smelled weed wafting in the air. When a flight attendant ask him to leave the restroom, he went to the upper deck restroom to apparently smoke a cigarette.

The flight crew gathered for a meeting and the captain decided that they needed to restrain Hilton, who had fallen asleep by this point. The team went to put him in restraints, handcuffing him to his seat, and he woke up screaming at them, the complaint said. And then the flight attendants went on different shifts to keep an eye on him until they landed in Los Angeles.

According to the complaint, Hilton told authorities he had taken a sleeping pill before boarding the flight, "bragged" about "burying" the flight attendants and admitted to calling the passengers "peasants." Hilton's attorney, Robert Shapiro, confirmed with TMZ that he had taken a sleeping pill and he wasn't himself on the flight, that he had experienced "adverse effects."

After Hilton's court hearing on Tuesday, he was released on $100,000 bail. According to TMZ, he also checked himself into rehab right after his alleged spectacle on the flight. And if he's convicted, he faces paying a fine, getting jail time for up to 20 years, or both.