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Monaco's Prince Pierre Casiraghi sues NY nightclub owner over brawl

Prince Pierre Casiraghi, grandson of the late Princess Grace of Monaco, attends the wedding for Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene in front of the Princier Palace in Monaco on July 1, 2011. AP

(CBS News) NEW YORK - Monaco's Prince Pierre Casiraghi, who was punched in the face during a bar brawl in New York in February, is reportedly seeking unspecified damages from his alleged assailant and the owner of the New York nightclub where it happened.

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According to Reuters, Casiraghi, third in line to Monaco's throne, and two of his companions that night filed the complaint on Saturday in civil court in New York. Named in the suit were former restaurateur Adam Hock, 47, the alleged assailant; The Double Seven club in New York's trendy Meatpacking district; and the club's owner Jeffrey Jah.

Shortly after the incident, the 24-year-old prince and three of his friends filed criminal complaints against Hock, accusing him of hitting them in the face in the Feb. 18 early-morning fight. That case is still pending.

Casiraghi did not specify how much he was seeking in compensatory and punitive damages.

The prince, who lives in Italy, is the son of Princess Caroline of Monaco and the grandson of the late Hollywood screen legend Grace Kelly. Prince Albert II, the ruler of Monaco, is his uncle.

His father, Italian businessman Stefano Casiraghi, was killed in a boating accident when he was 3.

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