Chris Paciello's Five Most Notoriously Violent Beatdowns

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Chris Paciello
Former nightlife impresario Chris Paciello's triumphant return to South Beach just got a kick in the pants. This week, Miami New Times chronicles how the ex-club kingpin joined the ranks of other famous mob turncoats like Henry Hill and Sammy "The Bull" Gravano. Frank Owen -- an investigative journalist who authored Clubland, a book partially about Paciello's rise and fall -- divulges the mob secrets Paciello gave up. He snitched on the Bonanno crime family so he could avoid life in prison for the 1993 murder of a 46-year-old Staten Island housewife in a botched home invasion he planned.

Long before he became a rat, though, Paciello was arguably most feared palooka in power on Miami Beach, lording over the city's decadent party scene in the late 1990s. Anyone who got on his bad side, usually ended up in stitches or knocked out cold. His victims included a Latin King, a former Mr. Universe, an ex-arena football player, and a paparazzo. Before you check out Owen's new feature, catch up on Paciello's five most notoriously violent beatdowns over the years.

5. Ax attack
In the summer of 1994, Paciello and cohort Michael Caruso fought with bouncers near the entrance to New York dance hall Sound Factory. Alex Cofield, head of security and reputed member of the Latin Kings, rushed at Paciello with an ax handle. Paciello snatched the handle away and beat Cofield with his own weapon. No criminal charges were filed in the incident.

4. Beer bottle beatdown
On June 25, 1996, body builder Michael Quinn was sitting at a table inside the VIP room of Paciello's nightclub Liquid when Paciello overheard him call a patron the N-word. Paciello smashed a beer bottle into the 270-pound body builder's face, shattering his nose and several facial bones. Quinn alleged Paciello also repeatedly kicked him. A civil jury subsequently acquitted him, ruling Paciello acted in self-defense.

3. Football player knockout
Two months after bludgeoning Quinn, Paciello ran into Matt Martinez, a former player of the defunct Miami Hooters arena football team. Martinez, ex-husband of supermodel Niki Taylor, approached Paciello incensed that the club owner was dating his baby momma. Paciello allegedly knocked Martinez out with one blow. No criminal charges were filed.

2. Russian stabbing
In 1997, while on a trip to New York City, Paciello and some friends accompanied former Miss U.S.S.R Julia Sukhanova to nightclub Life. A brawl erupted when a Russian photographer would not leave the beauty queen alone. He was stabbed three times. Paciello was arrested for attempted murder, but the charges were dropped when surveillance video revealed that one of his friends committed the stabbing. But the tape did show Paciello punching the photographer.

1. Hollywood revenge
After his release from federal prison in 2006, Paciello has had a tough time shedding the hood label. On Aug. 17, 2008, in Hollywood, Calif., Paciello and a friend allegedly hunted down Will Wright, who had argued with the ex-mob associate earlier in the evening. Wright alleged Paciello slammed his car into him, knocking him to the pavement. Then Paciello, who was charged with felony assault, pummeled Wright. The charges were dropped after video of the incident showed Wright wielding a knife. Two years later, Paciello was again arrested with assault during a brawl at Voyeur nightclub in Hollywood. His attorney, Keith Fink, told Page Six that Paciello was the victim: "he was in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Indeed.

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19 comments
edbone2012
edbone2012

chris is a stone cold rat always was always will be,,no heart no balls,,will call the cops in a second on anyone even woman,,,tough guy he is not even close to it  hes a punk

Foreman Jason
Foreman Jason

That's my boy and I got his back, u fuck us, we fuck u up!

Tommy_Pooch
Tommy_Pooch

Chris and I did Tina in the Delano bathrooms the other night.

Mark Ebner
Mark Ebner

There was never a victim more deserving than Will Wright, but why not credit my long, long, long-form reporting on the same? - http://www.amazon.com/Six-Degr...

Working for Michael Lacey kind of trains you guys.  I get it...  

Brickell Princess
Brickell Princess

We need Chris to beat back the low life spics that have turned South Beach into a dump.  More power to him. 

Jesus Suarez
Jesus Suarez

He is his own guy.....People are upset for what? For doing the right thing? It seems to me that he's a stand up guy who's hated by many people;  Probably because he doesn't put up with any stupid shit. Good luck to him.

Jsmith
Jsmith

"Live by the sword..."

Pumpsiegreen
Pumpsiegreen

One day .he will pick on the wrong guy and get his head blown off

edbone2012
edbone2012

@Foreman Jason  rat  go suck a dick

Johngottijr
Johngottijr

HE Needs to bring a few member of the Bath Ave Crew to south Beach. Those Guys were Nuts.

Jimmy Caruso
Jimmy Caruso

Wow when your done blowing him make sure you brush your teeth......hahaha..Suarez you homo!!

Alex
Alex

It's was a standsion not a bat. It was me and my brother against 6 of them and they STILL never gained access to sound factory. It was one of Chris's flunkies that hit me and after being hit they ran and I chased them. I never ran from them or hit the ground ...we fought and I got lumped up. That's the job. But in my book I won that bout. Who needs a station for 2 dudes when your with 5 of your friends? Chris and I are cool now. I wish him well.

Alex Coffiel

edbone2012
edbone2012

@Alex chris is a rat he aint got no balls and no heart...tough guy he never was


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