Fisticuffs broke out at the black tie affair, leaving an elderly gentleman with a bloodied chin after he absorbed a brutal right hook.
The man on the right delivered a vicious right hook with a ring on his finger, opening up a gash on the elderly man’s chin.
Kardashian attended Thursday’s formal ball at the Wiener Staatsoper as the paid date of Austrian businessman Richard Lugner, 81, and was on the receiving end of some rude, but not violent, behavior herself.
Johannes B. Kerner, center, tries to calm an unidentified man who was ultimately punched at the Vienna Opera Ball. The man on the right punched the man for some unknown offense.
The reality starlet, 33, appears to have been out of the lobby when an unidentified man started the fight by verbally attacking well-known German TV personality Johannes B. Kerner, 49. As the TV host walked away, the older man appears to have thrown something on Kerner’s friend, who turned around and wailed away at the verbal abuser’s face as cameras clicked and nearby TV cameras rolled.
A group of men, including Kim Kardashian’s date, 81-year-old businessman Richard Lugner (center) tried to calm the unidentified man, who railed against TV host Johannes B. Kerner (right) for some unknown reason. On the left, the man in blackface, Chris Stephan, who ultimately drove Kim from the ball, can be seen.
Stunned and horrified women, standing nearby in dresses with wine in hand, stepped in and broke up the brawl.
The one landed punch ripped open the bespectacled man’s chin, leaving his female companion to mop up the blood as it dripped on his white shirt and bowtie.
Kim Kardashian (left), her mother Kris Jenner (right) and their host, Austrian businessman Richard Lugner (center), arrive for the Vienna Opera Ball at the State Opera in Vienna, Austria, on Thursday.
It’s unclear what so angered the elderly man, believed to be in his late 60s or early 70s.
The elderly man appears to have antagonized TV personality Johannes B. Kerner and a friend (right), who finally took his revenge for the verbal abuse.
But among those watching the fight was Kardashian’s date, Lugner, and Chris Stephan, an Austrian stand-up comic who attended the ball in blackface and mocked Kanye West — ultimately causing Kim to flee the ball.
Chris Stephan (right) introduces himself to TV personality Johannes B. Kerner. Stephan, wearing blackface. Stephan pretended to be Kanye West at the formal event and ultimately ran Kim Kardashian away when he obnoxiously confronted her. The stand-up comic later apologized.
Kardashian was also off-put when an Austrian TV host told her he was waiting to dance once “N—– in Vienna” was played — an inappropriate ode to Kanye’s “N—– in Paris.”
The event is the most elite of Austrian balls each year, with tickets ranging from $340 to about $2,500 for a box.
The unidentified man shows off his bloody chin from a gash he got from a right hook.
“On the one hand, the Vienna Opera Ball combines the Viennese lifestyle with international allure, and on the other the modern stage management of a traditional event,” the opera house writes on its website. “This is in equal measure a high-spirited ball in a unique atmosphere and the fashionable highlight of the ball season.”
Lugner – whose prior dates to the ball have included Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra and Paris Hilton — also reportedly grabbed Kardashian and called her “annoying” at the dressy event, according to TMZ.com.