The niece of former New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie has been accused of engaging in a violent meltdown that left six police officers injured.
According to the New York Post, the incident took place aboard a Spirit Airlines flight which was traveling from New Orleans to New Jersey on Thanksgiving Day.
The Post quoted Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jason Rivarde as saying that twenty-five-year-old Shannon Epstein accused a Latino family of "smuggling cocaine."
Epstein allegedly grew combative, which resulted in airline staff unsuccessfully attempting to remove her from the plane.
Sheriff’s were then summoned and are said to have physically fought with Epstein as she grew "extremely combative."
Rivarde explained that six deputies were injured in the fray, including one who sustained a bite wound and another who was kicked in the groin.
The spokesperson noted that during the altercation, Epstein threatened that she would use her family's political connections to retaliate against the deputies.
"Throughout her entire interaction with deputies, she repeatedly stated that they would lose their jobs or be arrested because of her familial relationships," Rivarde told the Post on Sunday. He added that Epstein eventually had to be handcuffed to a wheelchair.
She is now facing six counts of battery on a police officer along with three counts of disturbing the peace, one count of resisting arrest by force, and one count of remaining on a plane after being ordered to leave.
Epstein was subsequently released from Jefferson Parish Correction Center on a $10,750 bond. She has been ordered to make her next court appearance on January 23.
For his part, Epstein's uncle hinted to comedian Bill Maher last month that he may seek the Republican Party's presidential nomination in 2024.
The Post reported that Christie made the suggestion as he criticized former President Donald Trump during an appearance on "Real Time With Bill Maher."
"I’d like to see what happens in the midterms," the former governor told Maher. "You know, all I heard in 2016 was that we’re going to do so much winning that we’re going to be tired of winning and we’re going to ask him not to win anymore."
"And we lost the House …. in ’18, we lost the presidency in ’20, we lost two Senate seats in Georgia in ’20. It’s a lot of losing. I think they might want to go back to winning again.