Packer and David Gyngell punch and wrestle each other
- 5th May 2014
set of explosive photos showing billionaire gaming
mogul James Packer embroiled in a vicious fist fight
with his former best man and the head of Nine Entertainment
Group David Gyngell have hit the market this morning.
images were taken outside Packer's multimillion-dollar
Bondi Beach home on Sunday afternoon, and show the
pair in the midst of throwing and receiving punches.
pair eventually fell to the ground and continued wrestling,
before being forcibly separated by people who appeared
to be Packer's bodyguards.
was waiting outside Packer's house early on Sunday
afternoon, sitting on the boot of his car for about
20 minutes as the casino mogul was chauffeured home
after arriving aboard his private jet at Sydney Airport.
said no pleasantries were exchanged when Packer saw
Gyngell, but rather a flurry of profanities broke
out before the pair were embroiled in a physical exchange
as passers-by looked on in shock.
Packer and Gyngell retreated to their respective homes
following the bust-up, and a short time later a person
who appeared to be a medical professional attended
According to alleged witness claims, people were spotted
looking for teeth outside Packer's home shortly following
the pictures show
are more than 50 pictures in the set. They show the
two men squaring off, tugging at each other's shirts
and grappling before falling to the ground and wrestling.
men possibly Packer's bodyguards intervene
while the fighters are upright as well as when they
are on the ground.
towers over the smaller Gyngell.
is wearing a black baseball cap and sunglasses.
is bearded, barefoot and wearing black tracksuit pants
with a thick white stripe.
Both men are wearing blue or grey T-shirts.
black car is in the background.
the ground, Packer is on top and has Gyngells
head in a grip. Gyngells bare feet are flailing.
of the other men grabs Packer around the mouth.
a scrum on the ground, Packer is eventually pulled
off Gyngell and on to his feet. He has lost his sunglasses.
looking defiant, walks away, his lips clenched.
looks shaken, his shoulders hunched.
a man possibly a doctor, wearing a suit and
without a tie arrives carrying a case.
at Packer house today
and Packer later released joint a statement on the
fight: "We have been friends for 35 years and
still are. In that time we have had our fair share
of ups and downs. We respect each other and neither
of us will be commenting further."
10am today, Gyngell was seen leaving Packer's property,
wearing a suit and looking less dishevelled than he
did yesterday. His beard was gone, too.
was later seen arriving at Channel Nine's offices
in Willoughby and was described as "looking quite
distressed, he certainly wasn't happy".
Alexander, deputy chairman of Packer's Crown Holdings,
arrived at Packer's house this morning.
wife Leila McKinnon is expected to give birth to their
second child imminently.
close to both men told PS this morning that their
life-long friendship soured soon after Packer and
his second wife, Erica, announced their shock separation
six months ago.
is understood Gyngell confronted Packer about his
decision to walk away from his seven-year marriage
that had produced three children, an approach to which
Packer did not react kindly.
was seen in Los Angeles a fortnight ago greeting his
ex-wife as he collected his children.
The exchange between the former spouses was described
as "perfunctory" at best.
year ago, a spokesman representing Gyngell told Fairfax
Media that reports of a rift between the old friends
were incorrect. However, Sunday's images would suggest
rumoured new girlfriend, supermodel Miranda Kerr,
flew back into Sydney on Friday.
said in an interview published on Sunday that Packer
was a "friend", but close associates have
described the pair as being romantically involved
for several months.
media bidding war is breaking out this morning for
the rights to publish the images.
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