LAS VEGAS — After Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield engaged in what is now being called the Bite of the Century, hundreds of Hollywood elite went running for cover.
As crowds poured out of the MGM Grand after Tyson’s disqualification for biting Holyfield’s ear, some thought they heard gunshots, and celebs and execs panicked. “Tyson bit the ear, and everyone else bit the dust,” Fox News reporter Aidan Pickering said.
Among the celebs on hand were Madonna, Sylvester Stallone (who was never nibbled by Apollo Creed in “Rocky”), Wesley Snipes, Rob Lowe, Ed Norton, Courtney Love, Paul Reiser and Kevin Pollak. Also there were execs Sherry Lansing and Rob Friedman, TV producer Robert Morton, Endeavor agent Doug Robinson, ICM percenter Andy Cohen, former VP hopeful Jack Kemp, TV personality Byron Allen, talkshow host Montel Williams and manager Darris Hatch.
Hatch said she and friends were in the hotel’s Brown Derby bar when they heard gunshots, then saw a stampede of people from the fight. “Everyone went running and ducking for cover in the Brown Derby, but moments later they went back to eating their meal,” Hatch said. John Beard, the Fox News anchor who was also in the Brown Derby, was heard to say, “I normally report these things, I don’t usually see them.”
Photographer Herb Ritts was spotted in another stampede fumbling for his camera to take a quick picture of the melee. “I always wanted to be a photojournalist,” he said.
Police reported 11 injuries and shut down the MGM Grand casino for a few hours. Sources said the shutdown cost the hotel millions of dollars.
After the panic came the jokes. Holyfield was referred to as “the real meal,” while Allen yelled out “Mike ‘Hannibal Lecter’ Tyson” as he was exiting the MGM Grand. And Loeb & Loeb entertainment attorney Jeremy Barber said, “I can’t wait for the rebite.”