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Brown Hand Center founder charged in flight interference case

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Former hand surgeon Michael Brown, who founded the Brown Hand Center clinics, faces multiple criminal charges in Florida related to a British Airways flight that landed in Miami in January.

Brown was arrested on a charge of interfering with a flight crew on Jan. 2.

During the flight, which departed from London Heathrow Airport, Brown walked toward the front aircraft galley and demanded his meal and wine before he was escorted back to his assigned seat by two flight attendants, according to a federal affidavit filed against Brown.

After a third flight attendant approached him, Brown grabbed her forearm and directed crude sexual comments toward her, according to the affidavit. The flight attendant complained about the incident to the cabin service director who then notified the pilot. When the same flight attendant returned to serve Brown his meal, he stood up, grabbed her neck and began to squeeze it.

When another flight attendant walked over to help the one who was being choked, a TSA federal air marshal says Brown grabbed both of them by the neck and threatened that he was going to get naked in front of the passengers. Brown also made rude sexual comments about what he was going to do to the flight attendants.

After the other members of the flight crew were able to calm Brown down, he returned to his seat and slept during the remainder of the flight.

Brown was arrested when the flight landed in Miami and told law enforcement officers that he did not remember the incident and that he is a "touchy feely" but not violent person.

The incident is not Brown's first brush with the law.

Brown was charged with assault of a family member based on an August 2010 incident involving his then-estranged fourth wife Rachel, but he was found not guilty in September 2011 following a very public trial.

In 2002, Brown pleaded 'no contest' to assaulting his third wife, who was pregnant at the time.

Brown lost his medical license when he tested positive for cocaine in 2006. He opened the first Brown Hand Center clinic in 1988. The clinics continue to operate in Houston and five other U.S. cities with other doctors at the helm.

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