Irish court drops charges against actor Rhys Meyers

Wed Dec 5, 2007 9:57am EST
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DUBLIN (Reuters) - A Dublin court dropped public order charges on Wednesday against Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers, best known for playing England's King Henry VIII in the hit television series "The Tudors."

Rhys Meyers, 30, was arrested for drunken, threatening and abusive behavior at Dublin airport on November 18 and released on bail of 400 euros ($590).

Rhys Meyers was cautioned by Dublin District Court on Wednesday, with all criminal charges dropped. His lawyer, Michael Staines, told the court the actor would make a voluntary donation to a charity.

The actor did not appear in court which was packed with reporters.

Staines told judge Angela Ni Chonduin that Rhys Meyers "accepts his behavior was unacceptable and out of character" and apologized to airline staff, security and police.

Rhys Meyers won a Golden Globe for his hip-swiveling title role in the 2005 mini-series "Elvis" and starred opposite Keira Knightley in the film "Bend It Like Beckham."

(Reporting by Jonathan Saul; editing by Robert Woodward)

<p>Jonathan Rhys Meyers signs autographs at the world premiere of his latest movie "Mission: Impossible III" in Rome April 24, 2006. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli</p>