They pontificate about the evils of guns. So why DID Hugh Grant, Naomi Campbell and Leona Lewis jet in for lavish birthday bash of Herr Glock – maker of the world’s most famous handgun?
- The party was held on Friday night to mark the 90th birthday of Gaston Glock
- Other celebrities at the bash including John Travolta and Robbie Williams
- Many of the stars have previously written about the horrors of guns
Celebrities who have spoken out publicly against gun violence attended a lavish party thrown by the owner of one of the world’s biggest weapons producers, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
A-list stars including supermodel Naomi Campbell, former X Factor champion Leona Lewis and the actors Hugh Grant and Dame Joan Collins were among the VIP guests at an event on Friday night to mark the 90th birthday of Gaston Glock, the billionaire inventor of the eponymous pistol.
Other celebrities at the party, which was held in the foothills of the Austrian Alps, included Sex And The City stars Chris Noth and Kristin Davis, and John Travolta.
They were treated to private performances by Miss Lewis, who has built a global career on the back of her victory on the ITV reality contest in 2006, and Robbie Williams.
Star-studded: Kathrin Glock poses with model Naomi Campbell on Friday night to mark the 90th birthday of Gaston Glock, the billionaire inventor of the eponymous pistol
Former X Factor champion Leona Lewis, pictured at the party with Mrs Glock’s brother David Tschikof, gave a private performance at the lavish party thrown by the owner of one of the world’s biggest weapons producers
Sources claim that some of those invited – even if they were not performing – may have been paid to attend.
While there is no evidence to support that, the stars were last night accused of hypocrisy for publicly pontificating about the dangers of gun crime while attending an event to honour a man whose company has sold more than five millions pistols, some of which have been used in massacres.
The arrival of Ms Campbell at the Glock Horse Performance Center – a world-class equestrian and showjumping centre near the pretty village of Treffen – came just weeks after she wrote about the horrors of gun crime.
In a post on her Twitter and Facebook pages in June, the 49-year-old supermodel wrote: ‘The statistics on gun violence in America are astounding… Our communities and our children deserve to live in safe environments where they’re unthreatened by preventable violence.’
During the evening, she posed for selfies with the billionaire’s glamorous wife, Kathrin, who is 51 years his junior, and Mrs Glock’s brother, David Tschikof.
Sources claim that some of those invited – even if they were not performing – may have been paid to attend the party in the foothills of the Austrian Alps
Ms Lewis’s enthusiasm appears in marked contrast to her comments at a rally in Los Angeles last year when she railed against the ‘atrocious gun violence in this country’
Last night, a source close to Ms Campbell insisted that she had not been paid to attend the party, adding: ‘She goes to the event every year to support the Glocks’ horse charity. She was one of many celebrities there, including John Travolta.’
Ms Lewis, 34, who less than a week ago married Dennis Jauch in a lavish ceremony in Tuscany, broke off from her honeymoon in Capri to entertain Mr Glock and his guests.
After the party, a member of the singer’s entourage was overheard saying that she had come for a ‘secret event’, footage from which would never appear on YouTube.
However, the singer was happy to pose with Mr Tschikof, who later posted the picture on Instagram.
Ms Lewis’s enthusiasm appears in marked contrast to her comments at a rally in Los Angeles last year when she railed against the ‘atrocious gun violence in this country’.
Speaking after a mass shooting at a Florida high school which left 17 dead, she drew on her personal experience of the ‘devastation’ caused by guns when a childhood friend, Etem Celebi, 17, was shot and killed just yards from his home in North London in 2007.
Dame Joan Collins, pictured at the party with Naomi Campbell, tweeted ‘I hate guns’ after the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, in which 20 young children and seven adults were murdered
Robbie Williams wore a sparkly sequined dinner jacket with no shirt for his performance
Ms Lewis declined to comment last night, but a source said: ‘Leona did attend, she was paid and she did perform, but she feels she is in good company with doing so.
‘Kylie Minogue, Mariah Carey and Nicole Scherzinger have all done so in the past and Robbie Williams was singing on the same night on Friday.’
Dame Joan Collins, 86, tweeted ‘I hate guns’ after the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, in which 20 young children and seven adults were murdered.
Their killer, Adam Lanza, 20, later shot himself with a Glock pistol he had been carrying during the massacre.
Despite her objections, Dame Joan has attended several parties hosted by the Glocks in recent years, including the event on Friday. Last night, she did not respond to a request for comment.
Another regular guest at Glock parties is the Hollywood actor Hugh Grant, who has been to at least three previous events.
It is believed that an original party had to be postponed after Mr Glock, who turned 90 on July 19, fell ill with a bout of flu and was admitted to hospital
The festivities were arranged by Mr Glock’s second wife Kathrin, 38, a former nurse who helped him to recover from a stroke in 2008
He was joined in Austria by the former Lib Dem MP Evan Harris, who is now a director of the anti-Press group Hacked Off, which is supported by Mr Grant.
The Four Weddings And A Funeral actor was yesterday seen climbing aboard a private jet bearing the livery of Mr Glock’s firm Glock Perfection.
His closeness to the tycoon, however, appears at odds with his previous comments about the problems posed by guns in America.
Following the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, the actor angrily said: ‘What horrifies me, these shootings happen and then the newscaster is saying, “America has to look into its soul and ask why is this happening.” And as a European, you want to say, “Because you’ve all got guns, you f****** moron.” ‘
The actor did not respond to requests for comment.
Anti-gun groups last night rounded on Glock’s A-list guests.
The white buildings of the Glock Horse Performance Center, which boasts two indoor arenas, were bathed in pink and purple light
Gill Marshall-Andrews, chair of the Gun Control Network, said: ‘It is deeply disappointing that celebrities who have spoken out against guns and gun culture should be lured into the arms of one of the world’s major gun manufacturers.
‘It’s sad to see how a lavish party can corrupt people who are otherwise admired.’
Dr Anthony Gunter, a criminologist and gangs expert from the University of East London, said: ‘These celebrities would not have been pictured alongside a drug dealer with a Glock in his hand. It’s hypocrisy at the highest level.’
The festivities were arranged by Mr Glock’s second wife Kathrin, 38, a former nurse who helped him to recover from a stroke in 2008.
It is believed that an original party had to be postponed after Mr Glock, who turned 90 on July 19, fell ill with a bout of flu and was admitted to hospital.
Large TV screens carried images of neon-coloured Glock handguns at the lavish affair
The white buildings of the Glock Horse Performance Center, which boasts two indoor arenas, were bathed in pink and purple light and a 30ft long banner reading ‘Happy Birthday Mr Glock’ was accompanied by a huge portrait of the businessman.
Throughout the day – as the final touches were put in place – Mrs Glock excitedly posted videos and photographs on her publicly available Instagram page.
They showed immaculate tables set for dinner for at least 100 guests, with bouquets of pink and white roses on every table. Large TV screens carried images of neon-coloured Glock handguns.
Guests began arriving at the venue at around 7pm and were met by a huge black statue of a Glock handgun. As the music blared, a steady stream of limousines with blacked-out windows passed through the heavily guarded front gates leading into the complex.
Guards also patrolled the perimeter which is protected by a 6ft fence and monitored by CCTV.
In spite of the eagerness to prevent prying eyes, Mrs Glock could not resist sharing details of the party – and its star-studded guests – on Instagram.
Her first selfie was with Mr Travolta, with whom she posed cheek-to-cheek as a Glock neon logo flashed on a wall behind them. Mrs Glock also posted a selfie with Ms Campbell and later with Robbie Williams, who wore a sparkly sequined dinner jacket with no shirt for his performance.
The singer – who has made no public pronouncements about guns or gun violence – sang several of his hits before finishing with Frank Sinatra’s That’s Life with his crooner father Pete Conway.
Dame Joan also posted a selfie with Ms Campbell from the event, describing the model as ‘superb’.
By 11.30pm, the venue began to empty with guests leaving in limousines and people carriers. However, the party continued at the five-star Falkensteiner Schlosshotel in Velden am Worthersee, 20 miles away.
The Schlosshotel – the most exclusive in the area – is close to the stunning lakeside mansion owned by the Glocks. A basic double room costs around £500 per night.
Onlookers reported that Mr Grant and Mr Harris spent time at the bar with a group of friends, some of whom smoked cigars.
Ms Lewis arrived back at the hotel with her band and, according to insiders, drank sambucas and took to the dance floor.
Mr Grant was spotted leaving the hotel just before 11am yesterday. He was driven to the nearby Klagenfurt airport in a limousine before climbing on to a private jet.
Ms Campbell also flew out of Klagenfurt, posting a video on the plane on her Instagram page.
The Glock family did not respond to requests for comment.
Notting Hill star flew out on billionaire’s plane
During an interview to plug his 1999 rom-com gangster film Mickey Blue Eyes, Hugh Grant was indignant with fury about America’s gun problem.
Questioned shortly after the Columbine school massacre which happened in April that year, leaving 12 students and a teacher dead, he told reporters: ‘What horrifies me, these shootings happen and then the newscaster is saying, “America has to look into its soul and ask why is this happening?” And as a European, you want to say, “Because you’ve all got guns, you f****** moron.” ‘
The Four Weddings And A Funeral actor was yesterday seen climbing aboard a private jet bearing the livery of Mr Glock’s firm Glock Perfection
By contrast, photographs from the glitzy party thrown by Gaston Glock on Friday night show the actor, who has also starred in movies such as Love Actually and Notting Hill, in a relaxed and happy mood.
Later, the 58-year-old joined a group of friends in a bar at a swish hotel nearby. The party included Evan Harris, the former Lib Dem MP who is now an executive director of the anti-press pressure group Hacked Off, an organisation for which Mr Grant has been an outspoken supporter.
Both were dressed in tuxedos, but it was unclear whether Mr Harris accompanied Mr Grant – who yesterday flew out of Austria in a Glock private jet – at the gathering.
Last night, neither man responded to requests for a comment.
Grant’s closeness to the tycoon appears at odds with his previous comments about the problems posed by guns in America
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