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04 NEWS TUESDAY MAY 6 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Who wants to beat a millionaire James Packer (right) and Channel Nine boss David Gyngell came to blows in a sensational street brawl in the Sydney suburb of Bondi Beach Picture: BEIRNE/CHOWN/MEDIA-MODE.COM By JOHN LEHMANN AN ANGRY text fired off by James Packer demanding Channel Nine boss David Gyngell remove a news truck from outside his Bondi Beach pad ignited the sensational street brawl between two of Sydneys highest-profile businessmen. The text, sent moments after the billionaire casino mogul jetted into Sydney from Jerusalem, left Mr Gyngell seething with rage after months of escalating tensions between the friends of 35 years. I didnt even know you were in f*** ing Australia, Mr Gyngell is heard yelling in a video of the bare-knuckled fist fight. Mr Packer was believed to have been intending to catch up with his rumoured loveinterest, supermodel Miranda Kerr, who arrived in Sydney on Friday. A well-placed source said the Crown Resorts chairman was annoyed when told by a security team that the truck, bearing a Nine logo, was parked near his $22 million beach pad. Packer basically told him to remove his f***ing truck from his street, one source said. Mr Gyngell, the hardcharging chief executive of the $2.2 billion Nine Entertainment company, texted back that he would be waiting at his home to explain. But one witness reportedly said Mr Gyngell engaged in a heated phone conversation just moments before Mr Packer arrived, saying he was going to punch him. When Mr Packer arrived at his luxury retreat just before 2pm on Sunday, he found Mr Gyngells white Audi SUV parked blocking his private driveway. Exclusive photographs show Mr Packer turning sharply on his heel after getting out of his chauffeurdriven sedan to face Mr Gyngell. Within seconds it just exploded, said photographer Brendan Beirne, who witnessed the fight. They were beating the hell out of each other fists were flying, he said. Mr Packer, 47, his face red with rage, neck veins bulging and jaw clenched, was seen throwing at least three punches, while still grasping his BlackBerry in one hand. Mr Gyngell, 46, in bare feet and with a grizzly beard, dodged the blows like a martial-arts veteran and let fly with a series of punches to Mr Packers head. The pair, who have been friends since school and acted as best men at their respective weddings, exchanged a torrent of expletives. Wearing a cap emblazoned with the logo of his RatPac movie company, Mr Packer used his towering 198cm frame to clamp Mr Gyngell in a headlock and wrestled him to the footpath. It took three men Mr Packers security guard, his chauffeur and a fellow passenger in his car to break up the melee and shepherd the mogul inside his house. Leave it James, just leave it, one of the men said. A man believed to be a doctor arrived at the Packer home about an hour later, while another person returned to the footpath to find his sunglasses. Some of the photos show the burly Mr Packer with his right eye bruised, his leftcheekbone swollen and his nose sporting a red mark. A source close to Mr Packer denied he had lost a tooth. Both of them are terrible fighters, another source said. With the fight leaving both men embarrassed yesterday, it emerged the Nine truck that triggered the violence had been parked nearby by offduty Nine employee Nick Tokic, who intended to use the vehicle for an early-morning job yesterday. I happen to live there (near Mr Packers beach house), Mr Tokic said. A source said the misunderstanding over the truck was the straw that broke the back after months of verbal sparring between the pair. The relationship has been rocky since Mr Gyngell confronted his friend and questioned his decision to divorce his second wife, Erica Baxter, six months ago. Life is complex and today is a sad day for James, one source said. Packer basically told him to remove his f***ing truck from his street To see the exclusive video and more exclusive pictures, go to thetelegraph.com.au Apology In the Woolworths catalogue, on sale Wednesday 7th May 2014, the Kleenex Facial Tissues 170pk on page 25 has been advertised with the incorrect image. The correct image is Kleenex Facial Tissues Regular 170pk. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
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