Fighting over Miranda - Two Australian tycoons' brawl on Bondi Beach footpath over world-renowned supermodel
Published 05/05/2014 | 11:54
Meanwhile, a bidding war has begun for the photographs of the physical fight between billionaire James Packer and David Gyngell, his former best friend and best man.
The pair were reportedly ‘fighting like dogs’ on a pavement at the popular beach resort over claims about Packer’s marriage breakdown and his rumoured romance with the former Victoria’s Secret model, Network Ten reports.
Forty-six-year-old Packer, the son of Australian TV mogul Kerry Packer, was seen fighting with his school friend on the footpath outside his luxurious home. Packer is a casino mogul and the third-richest person in Australia.
Meanwhile, Gyngell (47) is the current head of the station owned by Kerry Packer and is also the millionaire son of a TV executive.
Witnesses report that Gyngell waited on the boot of his car outside Packer’s home at 2pm in the afternoon and shouted into a phone that he was waiting for Packer. Packer arrived twenty minutes later and the men started shouting profanities at one another.
It wasn’t long before the pair ‘went at it hammer and tongs’, an onlooker told Network Ten.
David Gyngell pictured in 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/Getty Images)
Gyngell was reportedly bearded, barefoot and wearing tracksuit pants while Packer, the bigger of the two, was wearing a cap and sunglasses.
Though reasons for the brawl are still unknown, reports have claimed that Gyngell was furious Packer had recently separated from Erica Baxter, his second wife and mother of his children. Packer has recently rumoured to be dating Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr, who recently ended her marriage with Orlando Bloom.
James Packer and former wife Erica Packer (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
Mr Packer and Mr Gyngell have released a statement via Channel Nine, saying they remained “friends”.
"We have been friends for 35 years and still are," read the statement.
"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."
Meanwhile, the bidding war has begun for a series of 50 photographs taken by an onlooker.