The 17-year-old daughter of the US Ambassador to Thailand accidentally fell to her death from the window of an apartment block near the Empire State Building in New York.
Nicole John fell from a 25th floor flat where she was attending a party and was killed instantly, according to police.
A 25-year-old man faces charges of endangering the welfare of a minor.
Miss John was believed to have been part of a group enjoying a private party at Herald Square Towers flats in Manhattan.
According to witnesses the group arrived there shortly before 4am after returning from a nightclub.