Princess Grace Kelly
February 24, 2012 by staff
Princess Grace Kelly, A former club owner charged with beating up Grace Kelly’s grandson insisted Monday he was defending a bevy of supermodels when his punch sent the young royal flying across a Meatpacking District bar – and into a hospital.
The melee at Double Seven left Monaco’s Prince Pierre Casiraghi bloodied, bruised and with a broken jaw, according to a criminal complaint against Adam Hock.
“I acted 100% in self-defense. I felt I had to defend the honor of the women I was with,” said Hock, 47, who left a doctor’s office wearing a sling on his left arm.
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 and his crew. “There was only one person arrested, Mr. Hock, who spent two days in jail as a result of his actions.”
Casiraghi, 24, is the son of Grace Kelly’s daugther, Princess Caroline of Monaco, and Italian sportsman Stefano Casiraghi, who died in a 1990 speedboat crash.
Saturday’s fight broke out at 2:20 a.m. at the Gansevoort St. celebrity hot spot, prompting champagne-sipping fashionistas to duck for cover, witnesses said.
Hock’s lawyer, Sal Strazzullo, insisted that Casiraghi and his trust-fund pals threw the first punch.
He portrayed the prince and his posse as “wealthy barons from Europe” with a vulgar sense of entitlement.
“They think New York is their honeycomb. They think they can come here and do whatever they want,” Strazzullo said.
Still, it was Hock who cops hauled off to jail, where he sat until Sunday.
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