Eric Slighton, the son-in-law of Hong Kong’s former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa, was detained inside the San Francisco Airport last Tuesday for public drunkenness and for groping two women by posing as a security agent, Apple Daily reported.
US authorities were quoted as saying that Slighton was seen drinking at an airport lounge before he headed back to the passenger screening area and asked a female passenger to go to a private booth. He was arrested when attempting to get another women to go to the private booth.
Slighton’s actions caught the attention of the real security agents as men are only allowed to screen women in the booths in the presence of another female agent. Slighton was said to be wearing a blue top and khaki pants, similar to real security agents’ uniforms, and a pair of screening gloves.
Authorities could not get hold of the two women involved as they left to catch their flights. Should they be contacted, Slighton could face additional charges of false imprisonment, the report said.
Slighton was carrying business cards from Aktis Capital Singapore at the time of his arrest. He is listed as a director of the private-equity firm.
Tung Chee-hwa considers the incident to be very unfortunate and that it should not have happened, an assistant was quoted as saying.
Slighton has been a good husband and a responsible father, the person said. Slighton is the husband of Tung’s daughter Audrey Tung.
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