Human rights lawyer, 50, branded Air India crew 'money grabbing c***s' in mid-air rant after
An international human rights lawyer who launched a shocking tirade on a plane where she spat at a flight attendant has pleaded guilty to being drunk on an aircraft and assault, Daily Mail reported.
Simone Burns, known as Simone O'Broin was arrested in November 2018 after she abused Air India staff on a flight from Mumbai to London.
The business class passenger demanded to speak to the pilot after cabin crew denied her another bottle of wine due to her level of intoxication.
She was initially served three bottles of wine but declared 'I'm a f****** international lawyer' when she was denied more on Air India flight AI131 from Mumbai on November 11 2018.
Simone Burns (pictured right leaving Uxbridge Magistrates' Court today) was arrested in November 2018 for abusing Air India staff on board a flight. The 50-year-old (left) had spat in the face of one flight attendant
Abuse: Video footage shows Burns, who claims to be an international human rights lawyer, swearing at an Air India staff member on a flight from Mumbai to London Heathrow
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She also called staff 'Indian money-grabbing c****' and smoked a cigarette in the toilets during the tirade which left other passengers 'shocked'.
Burns, who lives in Hove, pleaded guilty to being drunk on an aircraft and assault by beating at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court today.
The lawyer, who is Irish, will be sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on April 4 after magistrates said the offence was too serious for them to deal with.
Chairing the bench, Robert Della-Sala told Burns: 'You clearly put the safety of the aircraft in jeopardy by smoking. You were disruptive to other passengers who must have found the whole experience quite shocking
'The disruption was clearly over a long period of time, the level of racist abuse was prolonged and unwarranted - there's no excuse for that.
'The spitting in the face must have been one of the most awful things that can happen to anybody, given the transmission of diseases.'
Burns appeared in court with a plaster across her nose and wearing a green cardigan and black trousers with heeled boots.
Prosecuting, Lauren Smith said the nine-hour flight took off at 4.10am as Burns sat in business class with 17 other passengers.
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