Brant, 22, has been charged with assaulting an officer

By Harriet Sokmensuer
Updated March 25, 2016 05:35 PM
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New York socialite Peter M. Brant Jr., was arrested Wednesday after he was allegedly stopped from boarding a flight for being too drunk and then he attacked police officers, PEOPLE confirms.

Brant, who is the son of billionaire Peter M. Brant and supermodel Stephanie Seymour, allegedly planned to travel to Palm Beach, Florida, for spring break.

When JetBlue staff denied him entry to the flight, Brant allegedly became “confrontational,” according to a statement by the Queens District Attorney obtained by PEOPLE. A Port Authority police officer was called to help remove the 22-year-old from the airport, but Brant allegedly attacked the officer, the statement says.

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According to the statement, prior to his arrest, Brant drew the attention of officers when he walked into an area of the airport that was marked “authorized persons only.” When the officer tried to pull Brant back into the terminal, Brant allegedly told him he was “on the phone,” according to the statement.

That’s when the officer observed that Brant, who lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, allegedly had a “flushed face, slow speech and glazed eyes,” the statement says. The officer told Brant he wouldn’t be allowed on the flight.

Once officers were able to handcuff him, Brant allegedly became violent: According to the report, Brant allegedly flailed and kicked his legs, hitting the officer in the knee multiple times. He also allegedly yelled that he “didn t do anything wrong, he had the best lawyers in the world and that he was going to sue the Port Authority police officer and police officers,” according to the statement.

On Thursday, Brant was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree obstructing governmental administrations, resisting arrest, third-degree criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

The officer sustained contusions to his knee and was taken to a local Queens hospital for treatment.

Brant’s attorney, Philip Russell, says his client meant no harm: “He’s charged with assault; he certainly didn t mean to hurt anybody.”

Russell added, “Everybody who knows [Brant] knows that he wouldn t want to hurt anybody. We’re just working through this.”

Brant will appear in court on April 19.