Yesterday published reports indicated that a massive cruise ship brawl was sparked by a man wearing a clown suit, in violation of a black-tie dress code. Now, British police are reportedly denying that assertion.
Cruise ship officials detained a 43-year-old-man and a 41-year-old woman after the fight. The pair were turned over to the police when the ship returned to port. They were arrested on Saturday morning and released on Sunday.
Richard Gaisford of TV show Good Morning Britain was on the ship when the melee broke out. He took to Twitter to give his account of what he saw, saying “"There was blood everywhere. Violent late-night brawl in the buffet onboard @pocruises Britannia left staff who intervened injured, as passengers used furniture and plates as weapons. Witnesses told me they were so frightened they had to hide, as family groups fought."
Britannia left Bergen at 1430 on Thursday, the violence occurred 12 hours later after a black-tie evening. It followed an afternoon of ‘patriotic’ partying on deck, with large amounts of alcohol being consumed by many guests. pic.twitter.com/zQcEXGDJeg— Richard Gaisford (@richardgaisford) July 27, 2019
UPI.com reports that Hampshire police denied the reports saying that someone in a clown outfit started the fight. A spokesperson for the department said "There is no information to suggest that a clown or anyone wearing fancy dress was involved in this incident."