Friday 9 May 2014
Billionaire James Packer and Channel Nine boss David Gyngell have been charged with offensive conduct following their brawl in the Sydney eastern suburb of Bondi.
The charge carries a maximum of three months in prison and a fine of $500.
NSW Police launched an investigation into the incident after News Corp published pictures and video footage of the fight.
A police statement on Friday said a 46-year-old man and a 48-year-old man had been issued with the notices.
The business heavyweights generated worldwide headlines after photos and video emerged of the childhood chums fighting outside Packer's home in Bondi in Sydney's eastern suburbs.
Gyngell issued a statement on Tuesday saying he was the instigator of brawl that resulted in a black eye for Packer and embarrassment for both men, after police revealed they were investigating the dust-up.
"David Gyngell respects the job police do and will co-operate fully with their investigation," the statement said.
"He also fully accepts that he was the instigator of the incident.
"Clearly, had he not turned up at Packer's premises in an angry mood then the confrontation would never have occurred."
Wednesday 7 May 2014
Police investigating the public brawl between billionaire James Packer and Nine boss David Gyngell have reportedly requested formal interviews with both men.
Police are investigating after footage was published of the stoush between the long-time friends outside Mr Packer's Bondi home on Sunday, which shows three men trying to restrain the pair.
"There's been an approach to both Mr Gyngell and Mr Packer through their solicitors and we're waiting to hear back from their solicitors as to their availability," Eastern Suburbs crime manager Ana Loughman told News Corp Australia.
"They may express that they are not available at all and don't wish to make any statement.
"You can't be forced to be interviewed."
She said witnesses would be interviewed throughout Wednesday.
On Wednesday morning Brendan Beirne, the photographer who captured the images of the stoush, gave a statement at Bondi police station.
It is understood he will hand over photos of the fight to assist with the investigation.
It was a fight that was bound to make headlines. James Packer and David Gyngell went head to head in a brawl on a Bondi street. The Feed's Jeannette Francis looks at how the fight played out in the media.