NSW Acting Assistant Commissioner Mark Walton held a press conference today confirming police have contacted legal representatives for James Packer and David Gyngell and are reviewing footage of their public Bondi brawl.
“We have had contact through a legal advisor indicating if they wish to indicate anything to us, to come and see us,” he said.
“We have made the approach.”
Investigators are reviewing the photos and video footage to ascertain whether charges will be laid, but the high profiles of the pair will not affect the investigation. The photographer who snapped the incident is reported to have surrendered the images, which News Corp bought for a hefty fee. Police noted they could not identify the men through News Corp watermarks.
“The investigators will work through … any material [as it] becomes available to them to assess and make a determination whether there is any offence disclosed in this matter,” he said.
Some irony: Police will hold a media conference on the Packer & Gyngell fight at 3pm, and we will broadcast it live on Channel 9
— Tom Steinfort (@tomsteinfort) May 7, 2014
Nine boss David Gyngell has accepted responsibility for initiating the brawl.
For James Packer, pursuing a casino licence in Japan, the incident will likely be unhelpful, while Nine Entertainment has a staff code of conduct about avoiding conflict between personal interests and the company.
Nine’s Chief Operating Officer Simon Kelly told News Corp David Gyngell has the full support of the board.