Gaming mogul and TV exec fined for Bondi street brawl
AUSTRALIAN police have fined billionaire gaming mogul James Packer and his friend, TV executive David Gyngell, A$500 (S$580) each after they were involved in a street brawl in Sydney's famous beachside suburb of Bondi.
Photographs of the fight on May 4 between Mr Packer, executive chairman of Crown Resorts, and Mr Gyngell, chief executive of Nine Entertainment, were published around the world.
Mr Packer was left with a black eye. The media reported that associates had been instructed after the fight to look on the kerbside for lost teeth.
The New South Wales state police said in a statement that officers issued a 46-year-old man and a 48-year-old man - identified by the media as Mr Packer and Mr Gyngell - with notices for "offensive behaviour" which occurred that afternoon.
Mr Packer has won initial approval to build a A$1 billion luxury hotel complex with a VIP gaming licence in Sydney, pending the outcome of a probity inquiry. Any criminal convictions could complicate his expansion plans.
The fines will stand, but no criminal conviction will be recorded if neither man contests the notice, the police said on Friday.
The maximum possible penalty if the charges are contested would be three months in jail.