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Vinnie Jones on air rage charge

Ex-footballer turned film star Jones accused of air rage
Ex-footballer turned film star Jones accused of air rage

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LONDON, England (Reuters) -- British soccer player-turned Hollywood hard man Vinnie Jones has been arrested and charged over an alleged air rage incident on a flight from London to Tokyo, police say.

Jones, who made his film debut in the gangster movie "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels," was arrested on September 17 at Heathrow airport police station following the Virgin Atlantic flight at the end of May.

Police said on Friday they had charged the 38-year-old actor on Friday with "being drunk on an aircraft, using threatening abusive or insulting words, and common assault on a male passenger."

He is due to appear to answer the charges under his full name Vincent Peter Jones at Uxbridge Magistrates' court in west London on December 5.

The former Wimbledon and Wales player's other film appearances include roles in "Snatch," "Swordfish" and "Gone in Sixty Seconds."

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