TV host to do community service

28th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

BOBIGNY, France, March 28, 2007 (AFP) - French talk show host Jean-Luc Delarue was sentenced Wednesday to three days of community service for his angry outburst on a flight from Paris to Johannesburg.

BOBIGNY, France, March 28, 2007 (AFP) - French talk show host Jean-Luc Delarue was sentenced Wednesday to three days of community service for his angry outburst on a flight from Paris to Johannesburg.

Delarue, 42, accepted the sentence under a plea bargain agreement when he appeared in court in Bobigny, north of Paris.

The talk show host has admitted to losing control on board the February 13 flight and blamed a mix of alcohol and medication for his behaviour.

Air France flight attendants used handcuffs to restrain Delarue to his first class seat after he insulted three cabin crew and attacked one attendant.

Three flight attendants and Air France decided against pressing charges against Delarue after he presented an apology and offered to pay compensation.

Air France lawyer Yann Pedler declined to reveal the amount of the settlement reached with Delarue, one of France's highest-paid TV personalities.

One of Delarue's lawyers, Kiril Bugarchev, told the court that the TV host had signed up for a special course on managing stress offered by Air France.

Known for his gentle and low-key manner, Delarue hosts a talk show called "Ca se discute" (Let's Talk About It), which touches on such human interest topics as how to deal with teenage suicide, choosing a plastic surgeon or how siblings cope in large families.

Delarue also founded a successful television production company, Reservoir Prod.

The talk-show host was sentenced for violent offenses but a sexual assault complaint by a flight attendant was changed to fondling.

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Subject: French news

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