According to several reports, the scuffle between the two began when Rose moved Hilfiger's girlfriend's drink out of the way at a club he was to peform at. When Axl refused to comply with Hilfiger's request to move it back to its original location, Hilfiger began swinging fists.
Says club owner Noel Ashman of the incident:
"Axl was a gentleman and had the good sense not to retaliate as he would have done some serious damage to Hilfiger."
Hilfiger was removed from the venue, and Rose, along with Guns 'N Roses, performed an acoustic set, dedicating the song 'You're Crazy' to Hilfiger.