An heir to the Hermès fashion house was arrested for assaulting the captain of a trans-Atlantic flight Tuesday, court documents said. Mathias Guerrand-Hermès, who is married to New York social fixture Valesca Guerrand-Hermès, was arraigned in federal court in Brooklyn on Wednesday on a single charge of interference with flight crew members.
According to a deposition filed by a federal agent familiar with the case, Guerrand-Hermès, who appeared intoxicated to a physician on the plane, became unruly about three-and-a-half hours into an Air France flight from Paris to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Tuesday afternoon. When the plane’s pilot attempted to calm Guerrand-Hermès, the French citizen grabbed the pilot in the “genital area,” declaring, “I’m not going to behave” and tried to punch him, the agent said. The captain was uninjured and Guerrand-Hermès was placed in handcuffs and shackles until the flight landed in New York, the deposition said.
Guerrand-Hermès’ attorney did not return a call seeking comment. An Hermès spokeswoman in Paris said Guerrand-Hermès does not work for Hermès International, but declined further comment. Most recently, Guerrand-Hermès was listed as an officer of the commercial real estate development firm Metropole Realty Advisers Inc. When contacted Wednesday, Metropole said Guerrand-Hermès does not work there.