Former Club Owner Arrested for Allegedly Punching Prince of Monaco
MANHATTAN — An alcohol-fueled attack at an exclusive Meatpacking District nightclub left the Prince of Monaco with royal pains following an alleged punch-up involving a former Manhattan club owner, court papers show.
The fracas erupted at the The Double Seven on Gansevoort Street in the early hours of Feb. 12, when nightlife impresario Adam Hock, 47, allegedly attacked Prince Pierre Casiraghi during a confrontation at Hock's table, the New York Post reported.
The alleged dust-up was sparked when the 24-year-old royal, along with Paris Hilton's ex-boyfriend Stavros Niarchos III and two of their friends, walked over to the table Hock was at with several models and started to insult the group and drink from their bottle of vodka, the Post reported.
Hock then attacked all four men, punching Casiraghi in the face, leaving him with a laceration on his cheek and causing "bruising, swelling, redness and substantial pain," according to court papers.
The prince was reportedly taken to New York Hospital and released later that day.
Hock told the Daily News he was "acting in self-defense" and had to "defend the honor of the women I was with."
But a spokeswoman for Casiraghi and his crew reportedly said Hock was the instigator.
"The facts are very clear," spokeswoman Nadine Johnson told the News. "There was only one person arrested, Mr. Hock, who spent two days in jail as a result of his actions."
Hock is facing misdemeanor assault and harassment charges, and could spend up to a year in jail if found guilty.