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February 13, 2007 -- BRIT heartthrob Ralph Fiennes might have forgotten his role as a global promoter of safe sex when he allegedly joined the mile-high club with a stewardess who's since been suspended from her job.

The blue-eyed star of "The English Patient" and "Schindler's List" was on a five-day, UNICEF tour of AIDS-ravaged India last month to raise awareness about STDs when he met Qantas flight attendant Lisa Robinson in the business-class section of the Darwin-to-Mumbai (Bombay) flight.

According to reports in Australian and British papers, Robinson, a 38-year-old former cop, said Fiennes began chatting her up and sat with her in the crew jump seat during rest breaks, even though that was against the rules. Then he made his move.

"While conversing with Mr. Fiennes during my break, I expressed a need to go to the toilet. I went to the nearby toilet and entered it; he followed me," she said in a statement to her Qantas bosses. "I explained to him that this was inappropriate and asked him to leave. Mr. Fiennes became amorous toward me, and, after a short period of time, I convinced him to leave the toilet, which he did. I left a short time later."

But two other crew members caught the pair leaving the bathroom and told their superiors, and Qantas confirmed that it had suspended Robinson without pay pending an investigation. The stewardess, who'll get the ax if it turns out there was sex, took a swipe at her co-workers: "At no time did any crew member come to my assistance. At no time were any other customers aware of this incident. At no time did I put the Qantas name or reputation in jeopardy."

Fiennes, 44, who is dating Irish interior designer Sirin Lewenden, is to appear this summer as the evil wizard Lord Voldemort in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." Soft-spoken and impeccably mannered, he's gained a reputation as a cunning womanizer since leaving wife Alex Kingston for Francesca Annis, 18 years his senior.

Fiennes wooed Lewenden for eight weeks, employing various stratagems before he finally performed naked yoga for her in her Dublin apartment. He has also been linked to Gina Gershon, Jennifer Lopez and Ellen Barkin. His rep had no comment yesterday despite repeated calls from Page Six.

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