Is it a full moon somewhere? We’ve been witnessing a lot of brawling lately. First the one on St Marks Place, then Solange vs Jay Z and now to top it all (I hope this is it) are 2 BILLIONAIRES (not millionaires) flying blows at each other allegedly over women! Sigh…what’s cooking people?!
According to the Daily Mail: These extraordinary photographs show the moment two of Australia’s richest men started brawling in the street after falling out when one of them left his wife and starting dating model Miranda Kerr.
James Packer and David Gyngell, both media moguls, have been friends since childhood, and Mr Gyngell was best man at Mr Packer’s wedding to wife Erica.
But last year Mr Packer, 46 – son of pioneering broadcaster Kerry Packer – announced that he had separated from his wife, and allegedly began a relationship with Ms Kerr, Orlando Bloom’s ex-wife.
Mr Gyngell, 48, apparently confronted his friend outside his Sydney home, and the pair began rowing about Mr Packer’s treatment of his estranged spouse.
The two men, who both own extensive entertainment businesses, had to be separated by bodyguards, and were later fined $500 (£280) each for ‘offensive behaviour’.
Mr Gyngell accepted responsibility for the fight and pledged to co-operate with the police investigation into the incident.
‘He fully accepts that he was the instigator of the incident,’ a spokesman said. ‘Clearly, had he not turned up at Packer’s premises in an angry mood then the confrontation would never have occurred.’
The pair have told friends that they regret the fight and insist they will remain on good terms.
Mr Gyngell’s wife Leila McKinnon today poked fun at the controversy, comparing it to the fight between Beyoncé’s wife Jay-Z and her sister Solange Knowles.
‘Ok so they’re much better dressed and a little more discreet but I feel a kinship with Beyonce, Solange, and Jay Z today,’ she tweeted.
Solange was caught on camera in New York’s Standard Hotel wildly attacking Jay Z after the Met Gala after-party, requiring burly security guards to break up the fracas.
Ms McKinnon’s light-hearted stab at her husband and his best man was well received by her Twitter followers and has so far been retweeted more than 80 times.
A Channel 9 publicist said: ‘Leila is on maternity leave and not doing interviews as such… she really doesn’t have anything to add.’
Be sure to watch the video footage below! WOW!