Judge OKs deal to get Stephanie Seymour's DUI case dismissed

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Posted: Apr 04, 2016 4:39 PM
Judge OKs deal to get Stephanie Seymour's DUI case dismissed

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Supermodel Stephanie Seymour can enter programs for first-time offenders that could result in the dismissal of drunken driving and other charges lodged against her after two car accidents on the same day, a judge said Monday.

The 47-year-old former Victoria's Secret and Sports Illustrated model apologized for her conduct and said she was ashamed during an appearance in Stamford Superior Court.

The charges would be dropped in April 2017 if she completes outpatient alcohol abuse treatment, attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings twice a week and meets twice with victims of drunken driving accidents.

Police said Seymour backed her SUV into another car on a highway exit ramp in her hometown of Greenwich in January while driving under the influence of alcohol. She was also charged with crashing into a utility pole and leaving the scene earlier the same day. No one was hurt in either incident.

Judge Auden Grogins allowed Seymour into the state's alcohol education and accelerated rehabilitation programs.

Her attorney, Philip Russell, said his client's case is "a fairly run-of-the-mill, first-offender case."

Seymour and her husband, billionaire businessman Peter Brant, also are dealing with the arrest of their son, 22-year Peter Brant Jr., who was charged with assaulting a police officer at Kennedy airport in New York last month.

Prosecutors said the younger Brant became upset when he was prevented from boarding a flight to Florida because he was intoxicated. A Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officer suffered a sprained arm, according to the Port Authority.

Russell said the airport arrest was a typical case of a college student on spring break getting rowdy. He said he continues to discuss the allegations with the district attorney's office.