Col Allan has added another punch-up to his “legendary” status in the media world as you can see from this report in The New York Daily News which included the following:
New York’s posh and exclusive Soho House is still abuzz at
the fisticuffs involving Editor in Chief Col (Bruise) Allan, his
No. 2, Colin (Sting Like a Butterfly) Myler and another Aussie hack
from a News Corp. newspaper.
Big Col couldn’t stop himself from jumping into the wee-hours fray to
separate his battling deputy and the other reporter, who can’t be named
in a family newspaper.
The tired and emotional Australian journo had been hurling vile personal insults.
Rather than consider the source and the time of night, Myler started
pummelling the Down Under Disser — and Allan jumped into the mosh pit.
“Two of Col’s friends got into a dispute,” said a friend of Allan’s.
“There was an argument, and Col stepped in. He’s a big guy.”
Allan, no stranger to the dessert trolley, finally managed to restore some semblance of order.
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Rupert Murdoch’s spokesman Howard Rubenstein refused to comment, other than to say, “Col was a hero here.”
Rupert’s mouth-piece describes Col Allan as a “hero”. Says it all,
really. Col has been involved in a number of altercations over the
years. There was the time that Peter Blunden punched him in the back of
Kerry Stokes’s limo after a day at the races.
And what about the police charge sheet that Col received in New York
many years ago after a punch-up. His dodgy mate Steve Dunleavy
called in a favour with the cops and they burnt the charge sheet in a
local bar. Such inspiring community leaders, indeed! This is what Crikey wrote when Col was sent to New York in June 2001:
When Col was a correspondent in New York some 20 years ago, he beat up
some bloke in a bar who was hassling his then girlfriend. The NYPD charged him with assault and there was every chance he
would be thrown out of America, which might have led him to be thrown
out of News Corp.
Enter Steve Denleavy, the man with legendary police contacts back in the days before everything was on computers.
Dunleavy agreed to meet Col in a bar and produced the actual charge sheet which some dodgy copper had obviously leaked to him.
There was no duplicate so when the lads pulled out their cigarette
lighters and gleefully burnt it in the bar, Col was out of jail, so to
speak. And now Col is running the ultimate New York cops and robbers tabloid. How the world turns.