The former lead singer with the band The Cranberries, most known for their songs “Zombie” and “Linger”, has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a stewardess and a police officer.
Dolores O’Riordan, 43,was detained at Shannon Airport in Ireland after an incident on a flight from New York’s JFK airport and the stewardess was taken to hospital.
The singer was taken from the airport to Shannon Garda station where she can be detained for 24 hours.
A Garda spokesman said, “Gardai were called to meet the aircraft following an allegation of an assault on a female Aer Lingus air hostess. A Garda was also assaulted during the course of the arrest”.
O’Riordan allegedly refused crew instructions to sit down about 20 minutes before landing at Shannon Airport.
Irish Times reports the air hostess’ foot was fractured after O’Riordan allegedly stomped on it during the incident. The woman was taken to the Mid-West Regional Hospital in Limerick for assessment and treatment.
Dolores also reportedly headbutted and spat at the arresting officer, who did not require hospital care.
O’Riordan was detained under section four of the Criminal Justice Act and was questioned on allegations of assault.
An eyewitness told Irish Independent, “I was in sitting in economy with my husband and heard the commotion in business class. There was a woman standing up and she was shouting. It was about 20 minutes before landing.
“It quietened down for a while and after landing it started again… When the front door was opened, some people in hi-vis jackets got on and the curtains between business and economy were closed. We could still hear the commotion.
“The curtains were opened a few times and at one stage we saw the woman thumping the ceiling of the plane. She was roaring at the cabin crew and at one stage I heard her say ‘I pay my taxes’.”
The singer, originally from Limerick in the west of Ireland, is married with three children and has been living in Dublin.
The award-winning singer was just 18 when she became lead singer of the Cranberries, who went on to be one of the most popular bands of the 1990s.
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