9 May 2014

Packer fined over Bondi brawl

10:51 pm on 9 May 2014

Australian police have fined billionaire gaming mogul James Packer and his friend, television executive David Gyngell, $A500 after a wild street brawl in the Sydney suburb of Bondi.

Photographs of the fight between the Crown Resorts Limited chief executive and his friend, the chief executive of Nine Entertainment Group, last Sunday were published around the world.

Packer was left with a black eye and media reported associates were instructed after the fight to look on the kerbside for lost teeth, AAP reports.

New South Wales police said in a statement officers had issued a 46-year-old man and a 48-year-old man - identified by media as Packer and Gyngell - with the notices for "offensive behaviour".

Packer has won initial approval to build a $A1 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 fine would stand but no criminal conviction would be recorded if neither of the men contested the notice, police said.

The maximum possible penalty if the charges were contested would be three months in jail.

The Packer-Gyngell fight.

The Packer-Gyngell fight. Photo: AAP