Gloves come off as cage fighter lashes back at celeb lawyer

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - DE WET POT­GI­ETER

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.”

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