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JetBlue's Steven Slater Seeks Mental Health

9/7/2010 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UPDATE: The District Attorney's Office tells TMZ they are currently "evaluating" Slater's mental health -- including issues involving work stress, drugs and alcohol and more.

We're told a plea bargain is expected to be reached before the next hearing.

UPDATE:
TMZ has spoken with yet another source confirming plea bargain talks which include Slater voluntarily seeking mental health treatment.

Former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater showed up in court this morning in NYC and will voluntarily admit himself into a mental health program for treatment, if the D.A. plea bargains his criminal case and agrees to a lesser sentence.

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Steven -- who faces 7 years in prison for charges including reckless endangerment -- claimed a passenger went off on him and hit him on the head with the overhead bin, however sources at JetBlue tell TMZ there is no evidence this ever happened -- i.e., Slater made it up.

The D.A. and Slater's lawyer, Daniel Horwitz, agreed to meet and try and hash out the deal before the next court hearing. 

TMZ was in court and heard Horwitz and the D.A. discussing a plea bargain and a mental health program near the judge's bench -- in front of the judge.

090610_slater_presser_videoOutside of court, Horwitz and Slater's publicist Howard Bragman wouldn't comment on the possible plea bargain ... but did say Slater "resigned voluntarily" from JetBlue.


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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

I told you all he was making it all up.He also knows balloon dad,its his cousin....he is going to jail for 5 years

1318 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

agreed to meet and try and has out the deal before the next court hearing.
SAY WHAT??????

1318 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

screw that clown ..no deals..
send his to jail

1318 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

FIRST

1318 days ago
5.

Ginger    

Like I said before, Jet Blue passed out $100 checks to all passengers. I guess I wouldn't have heard anything either. And we can't help who our relatives are.

1318 days ago
6.

Roxy    

They should be putting real criminals in jail. Put the gangbangers, rapists, and violent offenders away for 7 years instead. This guy maybe an idiot for what he did, but bitch please, jail should be for the dudes that get off with a slap on the wrist for commiting serious acts against humanity, not some joker who may have took things too far one day at work. Fine him, make him do rehabillitation for his antics, but save the jail space for the people who make us have to lock our doors at night.

1318 days ago
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wasted days and wasted nights    

We didn't have this problem when flight attendants were stewardesses in short skirts and go-go boots.

1318 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

coffee ,tea or me

1318 days ago
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Jody    

If it never happened why are there witnesses, and how did he get that lump on his head. Jet Blue just doesn't want to face a lawsuit by naming the bitch that did this to Steven, so just let him take the fall for the whole thing since he went nuts.

1318 days ago
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cjs    

Well made up or not, still the coolest way to lose it.

1318 days ago
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jus-sayin    

He had a bad day...havent we all

1318 days ago
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*78    

This is ridiculous. As soon as he weisels himself out of any jail time, he will immediately sign up a massive reality TV program which is what his whole purpose was to begin with. This guy is a total lier and he did something that was incredibly dangerous and needs to be convicted and sent to prison for at least a year or two. Otherwise, every other freak who wants his own TV show will know it is okay to do this kind of thing.

1318 days ago
13.

zima    

WHY? DID HE SAY SOMETHING BAD ABOUT OBAMA??

1318 days ago
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tiffany     

2

1318 days ago
15.

janet    

Slater's flamboyant dramatics backfired. I don't care how pissed off you are at a passanger...Slater intensionally released the emergency slide with beers in hand and slid down to the tarmac and walked away, never taken into consideration that ramp crew could have been hurt. Slater didn't care. That's reckless endangerment. Slater got lucky no one was hurt.

Slater is now playing the Mental Health crap so he can keep his butt out of jail.

1318 days ago
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