Monaco's Prince Pierre Casiraghi was bloodied in a fight Saturday at the Double Seven nightclub in New York City's Meatpacking District. However, the business man and former nightclub owner Adam Hock, who has been charged with assault in the incident, claims the 24-year-old son of Princess Caroline and grandson of former Hollywood actress Grace Kelly started the brawl.
Hock, 47, told the New York Post that the incident began when Casiraghi, the third in line for Monaco's throne, approached Hock's table, where he was sitting with the club's owner, Jeffrey Jah, and three catwalk models. The prince was joined by his friends Paris Hilton's ex-boyfriend Stavros Niarchos III, New York art dealer Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, and Manhattan socialite Diego Marroquin.
According to Hock, the prince was jealous that he had the best table in the club and that he was surrounded by models.
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 Post. They expected to be treated like the royalty they are. They didn't get what they wanted, and it pissed them off.
Hock claims Casiraghi and his friends were making obnoxious comments towards him and the models, becoming aggressive and belligerent because Hock was at a better table. The owner of the club, Jah, had given Hock and the models his table in the nightclub.
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My friend Peter Bakker [supermodel Natasha Poly's husband] was there at our table with his wife and two other top models. I went to the bathroom, and when I came back, I could see there was hostility between Peter and Stavros Niarchos, Hock told the Post.
The prince and his friends allegedly began helping themselves to Bakker's $500 table-service bottle of Grey Goose Vodka. Hock told the New York Post that after dealing with the crew's obnoxious behavior, Hock and his friends decided to leave the club when a fight broke out.
Following a tussle, Hock allegedly punched the prince and sent him flying bloodied across the room. Blood began pouring out of the prince's face and witnesses claim his face looked broken.
After knocking out Casiraghi, Hock reportedly hit Roitfeld and Marroquin before Stavros came forward to defend his friends. Hock was pulled in all directions and reportedly hit by one of the friends with a Grey Goose vodka bottle.
Casiraghi, known as the party prince, was briefly hospitalized following the brawl and released a short time afterwards.
If this guy from Monaco is badly injured, I feel terrible about that. I never meant anything to happen to anyone. I just want a peaceful life, Hock told the Post.
Hock, a former Hawaiian Tropic Zone owner, has been charged with assaulting the prince and his three friends. However, his attorney, Sal Strazzullo, has argued that his client acted in self-defense.
My client was with some very, very nice women and Casiraghi became jealous of who he was with, Hock's attorney Sal Strazzullo told the Daily Mail. They wanted some recognition [from the women] and it happened because of that. My client acted in self- defense, it was an unprovoked attack.
The prince's attorney, Richard Golub, told The Associated Press a very different story claiming that the prince did not provoke the attack.
In my opinion, everybody had too much to drink, one witness told the Post. And somebody said something that was taken in a bad way.
The 47-year-old Hock is a prominent businessman and has gained acclaim for lobbying for the recognition of the Libyan National Transition Council as the sole legitimate governing body of Libya in 2011. As of December 2011, Hock serves on the board of the U.S.-Libya Chamber of Commerce.
Hock also founded the management consulting company, Integrated Strategies Inc., and helped launch Alliance Strategies, another consulting firm.