Monday, February 20, 2012

The Prince & The Brawler: Monaco's Prince Pierre in Bloody New York Bar Brawl

Pierre Casiraghi, left, with sister Charlotte & brother Andrea

Being in a bar brawl is not exactly what one thinks of as princely behavior, but that's just exactly what happened to Monaco's Prince Pierre Casiraghi while in New York City over the weekend.

The 24-year-old prince, the grandson of beautiful American film legend Princess Grace Kelly, was left injured and bloodied after a fight broke out at the Double 7 night club in mid-town Manhattan late on Saturday evening. Witnesses say Pierre and a group of his friends, including shipping heir and Paris Hilton's ex-boyfriend Stavros Niarchos III, approached  Manhattan club owner Adam Hock. Hock was joined at the table by a bevy of beautiful supermodels, including Natasha Poly, Valentina Zalyaeva and Anja Rubik. Hock exchange words with the young royal and his entourage after they began to drink from a $500 bottle of vodka on Hock's table and a fight ensued. 

Witnesses say that Hock punched Pierre directly in the face with such force, he flew across the room and crash landed into a neighboring table.  Speaking to the New York Post, one witness said: "Pierre’s face looked broken, with deep cuts and blood everywhere. He looked like he needed plastic surgery." Hock also allegedly attacked Niarchos and two other men in Pierre's party. 

Casiraghi was taken to the New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center with his injuries but was released later on Saturday. Hock has been charged by police with four counts of third-degree assault for the alleged attacks on the prince, Niarchos and the two other men.

Pierre is the son of Princess Caroline. His father, Stefano Casiraghi, was killed in a tragic high speed boating accident in 1990, when Pierre was only two-years-old. He has an older brother, Andrea, and a sister, Charlotte.  

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