Monday 11. January, 2016

Packer Gets into Physical Altercation with Crown Casino Guard

Owner James Packer and Crown vice-president, Ishan Ratnam, have been accused of engaging in a physical and verbal clash with a security guard at Crown Casino in Melbourne. The 60-year old contract security officer, Iskandar Chaban, collapsed on the way home following the incident, resulting in hospitalization.

The incident occurred at lunchtime on New Year’s Day, when according to reports, the security guard near the entrance of the Crown Melbourne’s main casino floor was alerted that a VIP was heading his way, but he did not recognise Mr Packer. According to Chaban, “he stopped their path just to have a word with them.” At that point, according to his report, they “started screaming at me using the most terrible language” and “pushed me out of the way.”

Crown Resorts has downplayed the matter, claiming it was a “minor incident” that was the result of a misunderstanding from one of the security officers at the casino.

“A contract security officer, working inside the resort was radioed that one of the Crown’s most important VIPs was approaching his position, but failed to recognise Mr Packer, moving in front of him to attempt to physically block him from entering the casino and causing a collision,” reported a spokesperson for Crown Resorts.

“It’s understood that a verbal altercation ensued and Mr Packer continued into the facility.”

Chaban was suspended following the incident which according to Crown Resorts followed normal protocol; however, he has since been reinstated after a company review of the incident. Chaban has sought legal advice from a Melbourne law firm following his admission to hospital for shock and aggravation of a previous back injury.


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