Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers Sentenced for Airport Scuffle

The troubled "Tudors" star faces the music for his 2009 arrest.

By Eric Alt
|  Thursday, Nov 17, 2011  |  Updated 3:02 PM EDT
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Troubled actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers was sentenced in France yesterday for a drunken incident that occurred in 2009.

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Back in 2009, Jonathan Rhys Meyers - star of the Showtime series "The Tudors" - was arrested after drunkenly assaulting a waiter and several police officers in Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport.

Yesterday, the 34-year-old actor was finally sentenced in a French court. Meyers was given a one-month suspended sentence and a fine of approximately $1,350.

Following the incident, Meyers apologized to the waiter and to the arresting officers - who claim the actor threatened the lives of their families - and blamed his alcoholism on the incident. The Irish-born actor has been in rehab three times since 2007, and was hospitalized this past summer after allegedly overdosing on pills.

In 2010, Meyers was banned for life from United Airlines after being "belligerent" and "disruptive" while drunk at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport.

Meyers himself did not appear in court, but was represented by his attorney, Vincent Toledano. Despite being on hand to defend his client, Toledano did not paint a flattering portrait of Meyers, characterizing the actor as "a fragile man," "a fairly weak person," who has been "harmed by fame" and "suffers from his demons." 

Meyers rose to fame playing the young, and volatile, King Henry VIII on the critically-acclaimed Showtime series "The Tudors," which aired for four seasons from 2007 until 2010. 

Selected Reading: MSNBC, Telegraph, New Zealand Herald

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