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Jonathan Rhys Meyers Detained After Alleged Meltdown On Flight

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Jul. 9 2018, Updated 3:52 p.m. ET

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Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers was detained at LAX Airport on Sunday night following an alleged altercation with his wife Mara Lane, can confirm with local cops.

Meyers, 40, was on an American Airlines flight heading to Los Angeles from Miami when witnesses claimed he was verbally abusive towards his wife. His 1-year-old son was also flying with the couple at the time.

LAX Public Information Officer Pedregon told Radar police received a call around 8 pm Sunday involving a "smoker onboard an aircraft."

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"Our officers met the American Airlines aircraft at the gate," Officer Pedregon said. "The witness onboard had stated to us that a subject was arguing with his wife and that he had at one point got up and went to take a puff of an electronic vape pen."

Flight attendants instructed the Tudors actor to get rid of the vape pen, the officer claimed.

While Meyers complied, Pedregon said, "he was just obviously aggravated with the situation with his wife. They had been arguing."

Pedregon revealed police were legally obligated to detain Meyers because a "Call To Service" was issued, and they needed to ensure the well-being of the infant son.

A "Call To Service," Officer Pedregon explained, is ordered "when a subject on a flight is being disorderedly and causing a disturbance onboard."

Meyers and his family were detained under half an hour before police determined no crime had been committed.

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"They admonished him for the electronic cigarette, and he was released," Officer Pedregon continued.

As Radar previously reported, Meyers has had a long history with substance abuse.

The actor has checked into rehab several times over the years.

In 2017, Meyers and his wife lost a baby due to a miscarriage, which sent the star spiraling.

"With much sadness, we open our hearts to share that J and I lost our second child, who was baking in the oven," Meyer's wife wrote. "The child was very very much wanted (right now especially by J, so he took the news particularly not so well) and we are still working on with coping skills over here... when life throws us curve balls such as these."

"Depression is a real concern from past abuse as well as alcoholism which he was born with," she added. "He has been able to turn any ugliness and hurt in his life into art and is the strongest person I know."

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