According to documents obtained by The Post, the crash of Chris Christie’s niece, Shannon Epstein, was sparked by Spirit Airlines’ racial slurs directed at passengers on Thanksgiving Day.
Epstein, 25, later faced multiple charges related to his violent arrest at the New Orleans airport just before 6 a.m. on Nov. 24. He injured six police officers – biting them, spitting at them and shouting, “Do you know who I am?”
A Spirit Airlines controller told the responding officer that Epstein “asked Hispanic families if they were transporting cocaine,” the arrest warrants detailed, and forced the plane to turn around and return to the gate it had just left.
Another gate agent told police that Epstein, who is originally from New Jersey but now lives in New Orleans, used the word “intestine,” but did not specify what term.
The flight from New Orleans, Louisiana, to New Jersey, was scheduled to depart on time at 5:35 a.m., but was delayed 22 minutes because of his agitation, police said. Epstein’s altercation with officers took place on the jetway as he was being taken off the plane.
After being removed from the flight, Epstein showed “unusual force” and “white foam from the mouth” as he struggled with officers, police documents said.
“Do you know who I am? I’m Chris Christie’s daughter and you’re absolutely amazing. You will lose your job in this s. I know Donald Trump,” he yelled at the arresting officers.
Police believe his behavior was consistent with alcohol and drug use.
The ex-governor’s nephew also accused the officers of homophobia in his tirade against the police.
“You’re both in jail by this time tomorrow. what did i do I am a lesbian. Is that it? Do you want to dk me? That’s it, isn’t it? What is it about? You want to put dk in my mouth, don’t you? “You’re so stupid, you’re an a-hole,” he said.
Epstein was eventually charged with six counts of battery on a police officer, three counts of breach of peace, one count of resisting arrest and one count of remaining after being prohibited. He was released from jail on Thanksgiving Day after posting bail of more than $10,000.
Neither Christie nor Epstein responded to The Post’s requests for comment.