Fairfax lead headline: a Singleton argument
A Morning Mail version of the same incident.
“Savage brawl sends Wooloomooloo into shutdown.”
Well-known grog-artist and rich entrepreneur John Singleton while dining with another rich man in Kingsley’s restaurant in Wooloomooloo yesterday had a disagreement over the temperature of the wine.
Mr Singleton’s rich companion claimed the $50,000 bottle of Mont Ratchet was .002 degrees too cold and tasted like stale plonk. The enraged Singleton smashed the wine bottle on the floor and from inside his jacket produced an antique Mont Blanc fountain pen, unscrewed the cap and lunged at his old rich friend squirting blue ink all over his white shirt.
Terrified patrons screamed with horror at such a savage assault causing several to pass out and fall to the floor. Police and Emergency services were quick to respond and immediately applied soda water to the rich man’s ink stained shirt.
Police will consider possible charges but Morning Mail understands Mr Singleton will sue his rich friend for cost of a nib replacement to the Mont Blanc antique that became embedded in the table. The restaurant is expected to remain closed until Kevlar screens are installed on tables to separate violent patrons.
Fellow diners were left in shock at Woolloomooloo on Monday afternoon when they witnessed high-profile businessman John Singleton, 73, lunging at his old friend and fellow millionaire Jack Cowin, 72, following a long lunch at upmarket restaurant Kingsleys steakhouse. According to witnesses, Singleton and Cowin had been lunching together with musician Jon Stevens.
John Singleton lunch with Jack Cowin turns into ‘fracas’ at Kingsleys steakhouse
The lunch party arrived at Kingsleys at 1pm. It was after 4pm when onlookers saw Mr Singleton lunge at Cowin, with staff at the restaurant attempting to separate the men.
“It looked like John was going after Jack. Jack was still sitting down and Singo was standing over him. We could see Jack was pushing him away. Singo really lost it, I think everyone was pretty shocked by what they saw,” a witness to the fracas told PS.
Following the fracas Mr Singleton and Stevens adjourned to the nearby Bells Hotel, with Stevens and another unidentified man carrying the millionaire across Cowper Wharf Road.
They were seen “propped up at the bar” drinking beer. Mr Singleton was later seen leaving the hotel at 6.45pm when his chauffeur-driven limousine collected him. Mr Cowin was not seen following the lunch.
It is understood The Daily Telegraph purchased a set of photographs showing the incident for about $10,000 and published them on Tuesday morning.
Comment is being sought from Mr Singleton, who was later seen leaving the restaurant being supported by Stevens, the former fiance of Jodhi Meares who most recently was in the news over domestic violence charges that were later dropped.
Mr Cowin’s net worth was estimated at $940 million in 2014 by BRW magazine. He is a majority shareholder in Competitive Foods Australia, which operates the Australian Burger King franchise under the Hungry Jack’s banner. He also has significant investments in Domino’s Australia and Domino’s USA. He also sits on the board of Fairfax Media, which publishes smh.com.au.
Mr Singleton was estimated to be worth $370 million by BRW last year and has pioneered a media and marketing empire. In March shareholders in Mr Singleton’s Macquarie Radio Group voted in favour of a $200 million merger with Fairfax Media’s radio division.
Mr Singleton and Mr Cowin have been described as long term friends and business associates. Indeed, Mr Singleton’s former advertising agency handled many of Mr Cowin’s advertising accounts.