Celebrity hairdresser Daniel Galvin Jr underwent two rounds of cheekbone surgery after being elbowed by his stepson in a furious argument at home, a court heard.
The high-society stylist, who counts Johnny Depp, Kylie Minogue and Amanda Holden among his A-list, was struck by the son of his estranged model wife, Suzanna Twigg.
Mr Galvin, 51, underwent two surgeries to repair a depressed fracture to his cheekbone after the brawl at his Georgian farmhouse in Pensham, Worcs.
Raphael Yadgaroff, 31, appeared before South Worcestershire magistrates today charged with assaulting his stepfather.
The martial arts trainer denies that he actually inflicted physical harm and claims that he acted in proportionate self-defense.
Opening a trial – which was later aborted due to technical difficulties – Prosecutor John Dove said Yadgaroff “used violence that was both unreasonable and excessive.”
Mr Galvin claimed he was punched, beaten and kicked, before being ‘choked’ between Yadgaroff’s legs in the family garage, Mr Dove said.
Raphael Yadgaroff (pictured with his mother Suzanna Twigg (left) outside the Worcester Magistrates court today), 31, appeared before South Worcestershire magistrates today, charged with assaulting his stepfather
Mr Galvin, 51, underwent two surgeries to repair a depressed fracture to his cheekbone after the brawl at his Georgian farmhouse, in Pensham, Worcs, the court heard
Mr Galvin (pictured with his estranged wife) claimed he was elbowed, punched and kicked, before being ‘choked’ between Yadgaroff’s legs in the family’s garage, Mr Dove said.
He claimed he was then beaten with his elbows in an upstairs bedroom and put into a stranglehold by his stepson, who is learning the self-defense technique Krav-Maga.
Yadgaroff told police he was acting to protect himself when the ‘drunk’ Mr Galvin ‘approached him in the stance of a boxer with his right fist loaded’.
South Worcestershire Magistrates’ Court heard that the clash spread from Mr Galvin’s garage to the top floor of their home on June 18 last year.
His son, Rhett, 21 – Yadgaroff’s half brother – called 999 and said, “I need police here, my father attacked my brother.”
Officers arrived at the land pile estimated at £1.5 million, which includes four acres of land, to find Mr Galvin was stopped by Yadgaroff.
The hairdresser was initially arrested, but no further action was taken. In a police questioning, Yadgaroff said he used a “preemptive strike” with his elbow and knee to defend himself against Galvin, whom Prince Charles counts among his friends.
Reading a summary of the case, Mr. Dove said, “Mr. Yadgaroff said he had to do some garage duties as part of his job for Mr. Galvin.
“He passed Daniel on his way and found himself drunk, which he said was not unusual.
Daniel yelled something aggressive at him over boxes. He accepts that he told him to fuck off.
He then said Daniel followed him to the garage, approached him in a boxing stance with his right fist loaded and hit Raphael with his left hand.
Famed hairdresser Daniel Galvin Jr (pictured with his estranged wife) was reportedly assaulted by his stepson in a blazing row at the family’s luxurious £1.5million Georgian farmhouse, a court heard
Raphael Yadgaroff, 31, appeared before South Worcestershire magistrates today charged with assaulting his stepfather
“He said Daniel was an amateur boxer and was very fit physically.
“He said he was scared at the time and gave an elbow and knee strike, saying it was proportional to get him under control.”
Yadgaroff told police he tried to lock Mr Galvin in the garage under the assumption that the barber would “restart the altercation.”
He said he then used two elbow strikes “in quick succession” as Mr. Galvin tried to enter an upstairs bedroom with his “hands up”.
Yadgaroff claimed he told Galvin to calm down “several times” but said it had “no effect.”
Mr. Galvin underwent two surgeries, in July and August 2020, after an initial cheekbone repositioning procedure was unsuccessful.
Raphael Yadgaroff, 31, a former self-defense trainer, is an entrepreneur who ran Clique Asia, which offers luxury vacations in the Far East with access to sex parties.
Mr Dove said Mr Galvin agreed to follow Yadgaroff into the garage “to find out why he hadn’t responded to a previous message.”
After being told to “shut up,” he claimed his stepson had “punched his right elbow to the left side of his face.”
Mr Galvin claimed he was punched and kicked before being subsequently ‘choked’ on the garage floor.
Prosecutors allege the violence used by Yadgaroff was “both unreasonable and excessive.”
Mr Dove said: ‘The defendant sustained only minor injuries to his knee during the incident.
“The level of strength he admits, the elbow strike and the knee strike, was way too exaggerated.
“The medical evidence shows that he went well beyond what would have been described as reasonable in his defence.”
Mr. Galvin Jr is the owner of the award-winning hair care lines Dubble Trubble and Organic Head.
He is the fourth generation of his family to run hair salons in London. His father Daniel Galvin Snr gave the famous Diana Princess of Wales blond streaks and styled Lady Thatcher’s hair.
In August, it was revealed that Mr Galvin had separated from Suzanna, 62. The couple, who married in 2000, are at an advanced stage in the divorce proceedings which began in September 2020.
Daniel Jr is the fourth generation of his family to run hair salons in London. His hairdresser father Daniel Galvin Snr (pictured) gave Diana Princess of Wales famous blonde stripes
Suzanna, who had to testify in support of her son, was seen with him outside the court.
Mr. Galvin sat alone in another part of the building, waiting to testify. A new trial would take place on December 6.
When he released Yadgaroff of Bristol on parole, bank president Richard Poppleton told him: “You’ve seen everyone do their best to make the technology work for the benefit of all parties involved.
“My apologies, but it wouldn’t be fair to anyone in court today to move on now. ‘
Yadgaroff, an entrepreneur who launched a sex party company two years ago that promised “no strings attached” fun in an upscale vacation setting, has revealed that he sometimes participates in the x-rated events he hosts.