As a member of one of Europe’s most glamorous dynasties, he has long been accustomed to wealth, fame and power.
The incident occurred around 2 a.m. Saturday, at the Double Seven club in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. Prince Pierre Casiraghi of Monaco, 24, and his entourage, who were drinking $500 bottles of champagne, are said to have gone over to Adam Hock’s, 47, table and started behaving “obnoxiously.”
When it came to the sight of another man with a woman he wanted, Pierre Casiraghi was apparently unable to control himself.
The 24-year-old prince, son of Princess Caroline and grandson of Grace Kelly, allegedly got into a fight with former nightclub owner Adam Hock who sitting with two friends and three catwalk models when Pierre, the third in line to Monaco’s throne, allegedly approached him and started a confrontation at an exclusive New York nightclub.
Hock is said to have punched Pierre and sent him flying into a table on the other side of the room, where he landed with blood pouring from his face. “Pierre‘s face looked broken, with deep cuts and blood everywhere,” a witness told the New York Post. “He looked like he needed plastic surgery.”
Hock was arrested and later appeared in court, charged with four counts of third-degree assault against Prince Pierre and three of his friends.
His lawyer, Sal Strazzullo, said: “My client was with some very very nice women and Mr Casiraghi became jealous of who he was with. They wanted some recognition [from the women] and it happened because of that. My client acted in self- defence, it was an unprovoked attack. I don’t know why Mr Casiraghi got jealous about my client – he is from a humble background.”
Strazzullo, insisted that Casiraghi started the fight and threw the first punch. He accused the prince and his friends of being “wealthy barons from Europe” with an inflated sense of ownership. “They think New York is their honeycomb. They think they can come here and do whatever they want,” Strazzullo said to the New York Daily News.
Strazzullo added “My client was with some very very nice women and Mr Casiraghi became jealous of who he was with. They wanted some recognition [from the women] and it happened because of that. My client acted in self- defense, it was an unprovoked attack.”
“I don’t know why Mr Casiraghi got jealous about my client – he is from a humble background.” He added: “My client is not Bruce Lee… These four guys are trust-fund babies who think the world is owed to them. They are like spoiled brats.”
But one of the prince’s friends said he was “slammed for no reason”, and that another was punched when he tried to intervene.
Aaron Richard Golub, who is representing the Casiraghi and his friends, disputes the idea that Hock was protecting his friends.
“This incident was entirely unprovoked,” Golub told ABCNews.com. “It was a one sided incident [and] not from my client’s side.”
‘I acted 100% in self-defence. I felt I had to defend the honor of the women I was with,’ said Hock
“I feel I was victimized by several drunk, entitled guys, who felt they deserved the prime table with the most beautiful girls,’ Hock told the New York Post.
“They expected to be treated like the royalty they are. They didn’t get what they wanted, and it pissed them off,” reported New York Daily News.
But the prince’s camp insists the one-time Rutgers University football jock went berserk, swinging round-house punches at anyone in sight in the early Saturday brawl.
“The facts are very clear,” said Nadine Johnson, a spokeswoman for Casiraghi, reported New York Daily News.
‘There was only one person arrested, Mr. Hock, who spent two days in jail as a result of his actions.
Pierre’s family have a long history of scandal and intrigue, and the latest episode seems to suggest he is following in their footsteps.
Known as the “party prince,” Pierre is believed to have dropped out of university and has been seen at nightclubs everywhere from Miami to Milan.
Among those with the prince was Jessica Hart, a supermodel, Stavros Niarchos III, a shipping heir and ex-boyfriend of Paris Hilton, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, a New York art dealer and godson to photographer Mario Testino, and Diego Marroquin, a Manhattan socialite.
Among those on Hock’s table were catwalk models Natasha Poly, Valentina Zalyaeva and Anja Rubik, and the club’s owner, Jeffrey Jah.
Hock is said to have punched Prince Pierre in the face and lashed out at three of his friends, one of whom allegedly grabbed a bottle of Grey Goose vodka and tried to hit Hock with it.
The prince was taken to hospital for treatment and released a short time later.
The episode once again puts the spotlight on Monaco’s Grimaldi family.
They are said to have been cursed by a 13th century witch, who vowed no member of the dynasty would ever have a long or successful marriage.
Prince Pierre’s grandmother, actress Grace Kelly, brought Hollywood glamour to the family when she married Prince Rainer III in 1956. She died in a car crash in 1982.
Pierre’s father, Stefano, was Princess Caroline’s second husband, and died in a boating accident when Pierre was three.
Her marriage to her third husband, German prince Ernst August von Hanover, has struggled amid episodes of public drunkenness and alleged infidelity.
Prince Pierre’s elder brother Andrea, 27, is studying at the University of Barcelona, while his sister Charlotte, 25, is a magazine editor and amateur show jumper.
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