LATEST: Tommy Hilfiger's brother MICHAEL H has leaped to the defence of the designer's nightclub fight with Axl Rose, insisting the warring pair didn't recognise each other until it was too late. The fashion guru and GUNS N' ROSES frontman came to blows at Rosario Dawson's birthday party at New York hotspot The Plumm after Rose moved Hilfiger's girlfriend's drink so it wouldn't get spilled. Rose claims Hilfiger went ballistic and started "smacking" him. This week (begs22MAY06), reports emerged Hilfiger disliked Rose because he was dating his brother's ex-wife DIANE O'CONNOR. However, Michael H insists he is friends with Rose and his ex, and is happy for them to be in a relationship. He tells gossip site PageSix.com, "I gave Axl my blessing - if he wants to date my ex-wife, that's fine with me. "I don't think Axl knew it was Tommy and I don't think Tommy knew it was Axl. But by the time they realised it, the fuse was already lit - and you can't put out the fuse on dynamite. "We're all family. Axl's guitarist in Guns N' Roses is RICHARD FORTUS, who also plays in my band (MICHAEL H AND THE BASHERS). I've seen Axl and my ex-wife practically every night for the past two weeks, and we're all cool. I'm sure that he and Tommy will make up over a drink or dinner someday."