WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Jan 14 North Carolina
police have accused the 19-year-old son of U.S. Senator Rand
Paul of assaulting a flight attendant during an incident that
led to his arrest on disorderly conduct charges earlier this
month, authorities said on Monday.
Police arrested William Hilton Paul, who is also the
grandson of former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul,
on Jan. 5 at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, where
he had arrived on a US Airways flight from Kentucky.
Jail records at the time showed the younger Paul was booked
on three misdemeanor charges, including disorderly conduct,
consuming alcohol while underage and being intoxicated and
But Charlotte police also arrested him on a simple assault
charge involving a 22-year-old female flight attendant, an
incident report shows. Police confirmed the charge on Monday.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department released few
details about the arrest. It was unclear from police reports
whether the alleged assault occurred during the flight or after
the plane landed.
A spokesman for US Airways previously said there was a
"passenger disruption" on the flight in question but that it did
not result from alcohol being served by the airline.
Rand Paul, a Republican, is the junior senator from
Kentucky. His office has asked for privacy on the matter of his
William Hilton Paul is due in court on the charges on Feb.
25, police said.