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'Punching Prince' to sue lawyer over brawl claim

By Tony Patterson in Berlin

The scandal-filled saga of Germany's "Punching" Prince Ernst August of Hanover took a new turn yesterday with disclosures that the 57-year-old descendant of Queen Victoria is to sue his own lawyer for claiming he was intoxicated during a violent brawl in East Africa in 2000.

His antics have filled pages of German celebrity magazines for over a decade. They include stories about his marriage to Princess Caroline of Monaco and about him urinating against the Turkish pavilion at the Hanover Expo in 2000.

But Prince Ernst August's chief claim to notoriety stems from a confrontation with a disco owner on the Kenyan island of Lamu in 2000. The owner, Josef Brunlehner, is alleged to have deprived the Prince of sleep by playing loud music. One evening, the Prince confronted Mr Brunlehner and is alleged to have twice boxed his ears.

The Prince, who has been accused of alcohol problems in the past, was fined £176,000 for his behaviour. But the "Punching Prince" has questioned how the case was handled.

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