Today's News Corp front pages feature photos apparently
bought for A$214,000.
Photos show a furious James Packer being restrained as he
tries to hurl punches at Nine boss David Gyngell.
The publication of the images by News Corp Australia on
Monday comes after a reported bidding war to procure what's
believed to be a set of photographs taken as the two former
mates came to blows outside Packer's Bondi apartment on
There are reportedly more than 50 photos in the set.
The billionaire businessman and the TV executive, who was
best man at Packer's wedding, issued a joint statement
insisting they remain friends after news of the fracas broke.
"We have been friends for 35 years and still are," they said.
"In that time we have had our fair share of ups and downs.
"We respect each other and neither of us will be commenting
Bondi resident Chris Walker, who claims to have witnessed the
incident, tweeted about a "massive street fight" outside the
Packer home on Sunday afternoon.
He later described the fight on his Facebook page.
"Holy crap, big street fight outside my house ... Not thugs,
James Packer ... And some other angry bloke going toe to toe
- total brawl ... Wow."
A witness told Ten News he heard Gyngell yelling on a phone
that he was waiting for Packer, who arrived home a short
No words were exchanged as the two "went at it hammer and
tongs", Ten said the witness told them.
The fight lasted up to one minute and had to be broken up
Packer's security guards and a limo driver.
The relationship between the two is said to have soured after
Packer announced his separation from his wife Erica Baxter
The incident also comes just days after Miranda Kerr, with
whom Packer has been rumoured to be romantically involved,
returned to Australia on May 2 on a promotional visit.
Other media reports suggest Packer believed that a Nine
satellite news van had been parked outside his house.
Among a number of visitors to the Packer home following the
incident was Lachlan Murdoch, who is a close friend of both
men but also co-chairman of News Corp whose papers on Monday
afternoon had published four of the brawl images with more to
Police said later no complaints had been received in order
for them to consider laying charges.