Harry Simon caught up in another fracas

Harry Simon caught up in another fracas

FORMER world champion boxer Harry Simon and a man who owns a security business at Swakopmund have pressed charges against each other following an alleged fight in a night club recently.

Police at Swakopmund confirmed on Wednesday that Simon had charged William Basson with assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and malicious damage to property. Basson in turn charged Simon with common assault and malicious damage to property.The incident is said to have taken place on February 28 at Club Oxygen at Swakopmund’s Tamariskia suburb.An investigating officer said the two men had not yet been charged, but said this would probably take place this week.The investigating officer explained that the delay in charging the two was as a result of Simon’s request to first consult with Basson.Simon told The Namibian that he had no intention of withdrawing charges.”I want to go to court with this.This negative story in the newspaper charges that I have been moered (severely beaten), so the truth has to come out.”The two men related different versions of what happened.Basson told The Namibian he had had an encounter with Simon a week earlier.At the time he was acting as bodyguard for rap artist and ‘Flight of the Phoenix’ actor Sticky Fingaz.”After the concert Sticky and Tyrese gave at Swakopmund, we went to the Bohemia club where Sticky introduced me to Simon.”Sticky Fingaz and Simon had apparently met in the US before, where they partied together.According to Basson, he and Simon started arguing when the boxer insulted the Namibian Police.”Simon’s bodyguards asked me to hold back, and we made peace,” said Basson.He said the next time he saw Simon was at Club Oxygen at a farewell party for a Police officer.He walked into the private bar where Simon was with his girlfriend and Sticky Fingaz.”I saw Simon dancing in front of a Police officer as if he was in the boxing ring.The next moment I saw the officer lying on the floor.I rushed over with my drink in my hand to stop him from kicking the officer.”Basson said he hit Simon in the face with a glass.According to him Simon, retaliated by grabbing his T-shirt and trying to suffocate him.The two were restrained by bystanders.Basson charged Simon with malicious damage to property for the T-shirt, which he allegedly tore.”The t-shirt was given to me by Sticky with signatures of Sticky, Tyrese, Dennis Quaid and the producer of the movie.”Simon insisted that the two did not fight, but just quarrelled.”He was insulting my mother and I started walking towards him to ask him to stop it.A man came from behind and hit me with a glass on my head above my ear,” he said.Simon said that although he felt like fighting, especially when he saw he was bleeding, he was held back by people who had accompanied him to the club.”I never hit Basson,” he claimed.But Basson claimed his jaw was still hurting from where Simon had punched him.The boxer further charged that he immediately went to the Police station to press charges, but was not allowed to by a female officer on duty.”I don’t know what she had against me.”According to the investigating officer, charges are not accepted if the person laying them is believed not to be sober.Basson in turn charged Simon with common assault and malicious damage to property.The incident is said to have taken place on February 28 at Club Oxygen at Swakopmund’s Tamariskia suburb.An investigating officer said the two men had not yet been charged, but said this would probably take place this week.The investigating officer explained that the delay in charging the two was as a result of Simon’s request to first consult with Basson.Simon told The Namibian that he had no intention of withdrawing charges.”I want to go to court with this.This negative story in the newspaper charges that I have been moered (severely beaten), so the truth has to come out.”The two men related different versions of what happened.Basson told The Namibian he had had an encounter with Simon a week earlier.At the time he was acting as bodyguard for rap artist and ‘Flight of the Phoenix’ actor Sticky Fingaz.”After the concert Sticky and Tyrese gave at Swakopmund, we went to the Bohemia club where Sticky introduced me to Simon.”Sticky Fingaz and Simon had apparently met in the US before, where they partied together.According to Basson, he and Simon started arguing when the boxer insulted the Namibian Police.”Simon’s bodyguards asked me to hold back, and we made peace,” said Basson.He said the next time he saw Simon was at Club Oxygen at a farewell party for a Police officer.He walked into the private bar where Simon was with his girlfriend and Sticky Fingaz.”I saw Simon dancing in front of a Police officer as if he was in the boxing ring.The next moment I saw the officer lying on the floor.I rushed over with my drink in my hand to stop him from kicking the officer.”Basson said he hit Simon in the face with a glass.According to him Simon, retaliated by grabbing his T-shirt and trying to suffocate him.The two were restrained by bystanders.Basson charged Simon with malicious damage to property for the T-shirt, which he allegedly tore.”The t-shirt was given to me by Sticky with signatures of Sticky, Tyrese, Dennis Quaid and the producer of the movie.”Simon insisted that the two did not fight, but just quarrelled.”He was insulting my mother and I started walking towards him to ask him to stop it.A man came from behind and hit me with a glass on my head above my ear,” he said.Simon said that although he felt like fighting, especially when he saw he was bleeding, he was held back by people who had accompanied him to the club.”I never hit Basson,” he claimed.But Basson claimed his jaw was still hurting from where Simon had punched him.The boxer further charged that he immediately went to the Police station to press charges, but was not allowed to by a female officer on duty.”I don’t know what she had against me.”According to the investigating officer, charges are not accepted if the person laying them is believed not to be sober.

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