Prince of Monaco hospitalised after brawl in NY nightspot
THE 24-year-old grandson of Princess Grace of Monaco has been hospitalised following what is described as a drunken brawl in a trendy Manhattan nightspot.
Prince Pierre Casiraghi suffered cuts to his face in the late-night bust-up in the Double Seven bar in New York's meatpacking district, which was witnessed by a number of top models and wealthy socialites.
Adam Hock, a former nightclub owner, was arrested and charged with assaulting the prince and three of his friends.
During a brief court appearance, he insisted that he was the victim of an unprovoked attack, and questioned why Prince Pierre was not the one in handcuffs.
The youngest son of Princess Caroline of Monaco is said to have been with friends including Stavros Niarchos III, the shipping heir and ex-boyfriend of celebrity Paris Hilton, and the model Jessica Hart before the nightclub melee broke out.
Mr Hock, who was drinking with catwalk models Natasha Poly, Valentina Zalyaeva and Anja Rubik, claimed that the prince and three friends walked over and began abusing the women before grabbing a $500 (€378) bottle of vodka from his table.
Members of the group said that Prince Pierre and his entourage "were being completely obnoxious".
"The next thing I saw, all hell broke loose,'' one witness told the 'New York Post'.
Mr Hock is alleged to have sent the prince sprawling, before going on to punch out Mr Niarchos (26), and the other two men -- Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld (27), a French art dealer, and their friend Diego Marroquin, (33).
Mr Hock (47) was arrested and appeared at Manhattan Criminal Court. He was released to return next month.Prince Pierre is the third in line to the throne of Monaco. He lives in Italy and works in business. (© Daily Telegraph, London)