A former club owner charged with beating up Monaco’s Prince Pierre Casiraghi, has said he was defending the ‘honour of the women he was with’ – a bevy of supermodels. Adam Hock, has been accused of leaving the 24-year-old prince with a broken jaw and needing hospital treatment after he punched him at Double Seven, a Meatpacking District bar.
But Mr Hock has denied he began the brawl and said the prince and his four friends began the trouble in the early hours of Saturday morning.
‘I acted 100% in self-defence. I felt I had to defend the honor of the women I was with,’ said Hock, 47 who was pictured leaving a clinic wearing a sling on his left arm, reported New York Daily News.
‘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.’
But the prince’s camp insists the one-time 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, the son of Princess Caroline and grandson of Grace Kelly, 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.
Mr Hock said he is deciding whether he will press charges against the four.
Mr Hock was sitting with two friends and three catwalk models when the prince, the third in line to Monaco’s throne, allegedly approached him and started a confrontation after trying to drink a $500 bottle of vodka from their table.
‘I thought they were being childish, because they then sent over another bottle of vodka, saying, “If you don’t want us to drink your vodka, here’s another bottle,” ‘ Hock said to the New York Post.
After a confrontation Hock is said to have punched the prince 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,’ said one witness. ‘He looked like he needed plastic surgery.’
But Hock‘s lawyer, Sal 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.
The 47-year-old was arrested and later appeared in court, charged with four counts of assault against Prince Pierre and three of his friends.
Hock’s 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.’ 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.
Richard Golub, who is representing the prince and his friends, said the incident was ‘entirely unprovoked’.
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.
The fight broke out on Saturday, at the Double Seven club in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. Prince Pierre and his entourage, who were drinking £350 bottles of champagne, are said to have gone over to Hock’s table and started behaving ‘obnoxiously’.
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 royals – or the Grimaldi family, as they are better known.
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.