Jonathan Rhys Meyers has broken his silence, after he was detained at LAX airport following a drunken outburst on board a flight.
In an interview on Larry King Now, the 40-year-old said alcohol doesn’t “suit” him as he opened up about the incident for the first time.
The Irish actor explained, “My wife [Mara Lane] and I had been travelling since 3 o’clock in the morning from Peru back to Los Angeles. And they gave away our tickets – it was just a problem with the airline.”
“We had our baby, who was teething at the time, and it was all kind of frustrating. So we eventually got on the flight and my wife went to sleep and I very stupidly decided to order a drink.”
“When my wife found that I’d ordered a drink, she got very, very angry with me because I shouldn’t drink. It doesn’t suit me and I had been sober for a long time,” he said.
“And so I felt that mistake and I got upset and I took out an e-cigarette. And the airline staff told me that I wasn’t allowed to smoke an e-cigarette so I put it away.”
“Then I spoke to the Los Angeles police once we got there, who were incredibly kind. Incredibly understanding. I apologised for my behaviour, and that’s the entire story.”
Jonathan has insisted that he’s now sober again, and working on staying that way.
“It is a good opportunity to apologise to anybody who was offended that that incident happened, but I learned my lesson. As soon as I got off the airplane I went and spoke to somebody and I got back on track immediately,” he explained.
The news comes after Jonathan’s wife Mara insisted that his actions were “out of character”.
Jonathan has battled alcoholism for years, and been in and out of rehab. The actor checked into a Malibu rehab in 2005 and 2007, before returning for a third time in 2009.
The star famously apologised to his fans back in 2015, after he suffered a “minor relapse”.