Gloves come off as cage fighter lashes back at celeb lawyer
ONE OF the scariest men in Pretoria has broken his silence on his row with celebrity lawyer Peet Viljoen, who is best known for representing disgraced Springbok Joost van der Westhuizen and entertainer Steve Hofmeyr.
A fortnight ago, Viljoen obtained an interdict from the Pretoria High Court against Brian Hermann, a well known Pretoria bouncer-boss and champion extreme cage fighter, preventing him from coming within 500m of him.
Viljoen told the court that he had received a threatening SMS from the bouncer and needed legal protection
Now Hermann has lashed back with the startling claim that Viljoen was allegedly going around threatening people by proxy, claiming he had a man on his payroll who would break arms and legs for R20 000 a time.
The setting for these aleged strongarm tactics was Pretoria’s Silver Lakes, an exclusive golf estate whose residents include Springbok Victor Matfield and “cougar” Manda Reynecke.
One person who was allegedly threatened in this way was resident Visser du Plessis who claimed Viljoen owed him R5 million for a bridging finance loan. Du Plessis, a diamond dealer who was previously a presenter of the Afrikaans children’s television show, Tekkies, claimed Viljoen had instructed Hermann to beat him up.
A second incident involved former Springbok hard man James Dalton, who allegedly confronted Viljoen in the estate’s golf course clubhouse and insulted his wife.
Hermann said he forced Dalton to his knees in front of Viljoen to apologise.
He says he did not have to lay a finger on Dalton because the former Springbok “showed some respect” and apologised for his behaviour. “James was on his knees at his front gate and I only pulled his ear a bit.”
“Maybe James decided not to be hardegat because I had a vicious cage fight that previous night and my face was still swollen and full of scars. That may have scared the sh*t out of him.”
This week, Dalton said he preferred not to talk about Viljoen “because the man does not exist any more in my book”.
Viljoen, meanwhile, has told the court his application was prompted by a threat Hermann had sent via SMS: “I am now also being roped into your investigation. (If) you ever bump into me, you should run or show me those b ... (balls)”
The lawyer said he needed the 500m restraining order because he could not avoid the champion street fighter socially as they often went to the same functions and places.
Hermann admitted to sister title the Saturday Star that he had sent the SMS, but said it had been in jest because Viljoen always boasted what a good boxer he was.
Viljoen admitted he had had a “run-in” with Dalton but denied he was with Hermann that Sunday morning. He also confirmed using some of Du Plessis’s money as bridging finance for his clients, but denied owing the diamond dealer R5m.
“You know what?” Viljoen remarked. “I should never have been a lawyer to people like Steve Hofmeyr and Joost van der Westhuizen. Now I am labelled as Pretoria’s celebrity lawyer... and that is where all the trouble started for me.”