Film industry couple cleared of assaulting each other in row outside their luxury

first_imgA film industry couple inflicted injuries on each other during a late-night drunken birthday party brawl outside their luxury £2.6 million home, a court heard.The evening turned sour when film financier Gregory Browne, 49, and movie executive Catherine Quantschnigg, 42, began rowing violently in front of thirty guests.One invitee was pushed down the stairs of the six-bedroom Edwardian house by Browne, receiving a cut to his ear, when the host found him wandering around the first floor.Police arrested the couple, who have a four year-old daughter, in the early hours of October 11, last year at Barnes, south-west London, with each accusing the other of assault. The couple's house in Barnes “My friend Ramin was bleeding from the ear, he broke a finger and went to hospital. There was blood everywhere.”Ramin said: ‘Your boyfriend is insane. I don’t know what’s wrong with him.’ He was very aggressive and very drunk and I believe also on drugs, it was very scary.”Mr Browne does not deny his push caused the guest’s fall, but insists he was not bleeding heavily and that Miss Quantschnigg exaggerated the injuries. She told the court Mr Browne violently blocked her from returning inside.”He held my wrists, grabbed me and threw me out. He pushed me and kicked me and I fell down the steps at the front of the house. My arm was black and blue and my knee was bruised.”Mr Browne, who helped finance Robert de Niro and John Travolta’s ‘Killing Season’ told the court Miss Quantschnigg bit a chunk out of his left hand, bit his arm and kicked him in the back with her stiletto heel, causing a fracture to one of his vertebrae.He told the court she had been knocking back strong cocktails and was speaking intimately with ‘Ramin’ and a hedge fund manager for most of the evening.Mr Browne, who had bought £2,000 worth of alcohol for the event, approached the men and told them: “Enjoy my house, enjoy my party and it looks like my girlfriend as well.”This sent her into a “violent rage” said Mr Browne and she followed him outside.He said: “I heard Catherine screaming abuse and she launched into me with punches and kicks.”I pushed her away with my foot and turned and then felt a thud to my back. When I grabbed hold of her she bit a chunk out of my arm.”Mr Browne went upstairs and found ‘Ramin’ emerge from his daughter’s empty bedroom.He told the court: “I said: ‘What the f*** are you doing?’ and he started mouthing off. I said: ‘Get the f*** out’ and pushed him and he slipped and went down the stairs.”He then tried to block Miss Quantschnigg entering the house.”I grabbed her and pushed her. She was standing on the steps in high heels and fell backwards. “She’s not a small girl. She packs a punch and takes a big bite.”Guest Maxine Henshilwood, 48, backed-up Browne’s account of being attacked by Miss Quantschnigg.”Kung Fu Panda comes past, arms flailing. She’s kicking and punching him. Then she went to hit me and attacked him again,” she told the court.Mr Browne called 999 to complain he had been assaulted and when police arrived he flagged down their car, saying: “I’m the victim here. Don’t judge me yet.”Tony Wyatt, defending, told the court: “This is a woman that will do anything and say anything to get herself out of trouble and see Mr Browne convicted.”The magistrates found Mr Browne not guilty and chairman Gordon Lawson announced: “We did not find Miss Quantschnigg to be a credible and reliable witness.” Miss Quantschnigg was earlier cleared of assault when Mr Browne did not appear for her trial and on Thursday he was found not guilty at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court of assaulting her.The incident finally brought an end to their turbulent five-year on-off relationship, which they had tried to save when moving into the £6,000 a month property a month before.”It was my birthday and house-warming party for around thirty guests and my parents flew over from Austria,” said Miss Quantschnigg, who is head of sales for Cornerstone films – makers of recent Amy Winehouse bio ‘Amy’.She is the former vice-president of international sales for Goldcrest Films and the ex-president of Hollywood film distributor IM Global.”I was outside saying goodbye to some guests when I heard a really loud noise from inside. The sound of someone being thrown down the stairs and screaming,” she said.center_img The couple’s house in BarnesCredit:Tony Palmer/Square Mile News Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

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