Meaney, 58, was accused of walking toward the 29-year-old woman
at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Tuesday evening and
elbowing her, the Port Authority Police Department said.
But prosecutors reviewed video footage of the event and
determined the two simply bumped into each other, a spokeswoman
for the Queens District Attorney's Office said. The woman then
boarded a flight out of the country before being interviewed by
police, the spokeswoman said.
Meaney, who lives in New York City, was in jail on Wednesday
awaiting arraignment for misdemeanor assault, police said. It
was unclear if he was still in police custody by Wednesday
Meaney and the woman, who is from Grand Forks, North Dakota, did
not know each other and it was not clear what led to the
incident, police said. Meaney and the woman had been due to
leave the airport on different flights, police said.
Meaney, who has appeared on various televised comedy specials
and late-night talk shows and acted in the musical "Hairspray"
on Broadway for several years, could not be reached for comment.
It was not clear whether he had a lawyer.
(Reporting by Jonathan Allen and Curtis Skinner. Editing by
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