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Bernie's bruising battle -- over stocks!
Brawls with inmate
Bernie "The Bruiser" Madoff got into a prison-yard tussle with a fellow inmate over -- of all things -- the stock market, eyewitnesses told The Post.
And, by inmates' accounts, the 71-year-old Ponzi schemer came out the winner.
Madoff, serving 150 years at the Butner, NC, federal prison, was heard last week getting into a heated debate over the state of the market with another senior-citizen jailbird.
The shouting match got so heated that the inmate pushed Madoff, who shoved back harder with both hands, causing his attacker to stumble.
As the attacker tried to stand up straight, Madoff hovered over him red-faced and glaring, eyewitnesses said.
BRAWLING BAD BERNIE MADOFF Bested foe in stock scrap.
The stunned attacker went chicken and took off -- allowing Madoff to collect some "cred" among his fellow prisoners.
"I didn't think Bernie had it in him. He got the best of him; he was really aggressive, and the other guy was in shock that he fought back," an inmate said.
The shoving match occurred near a ball field at the lockup in front of about 20 inmates during a rare time when prison guards weren't watching.
An inmate said the two got lucky because if guards had seen the fight, Madoff and his pushing partner "would have went in the 'hole,' " solitary confinement.
The next day, Madoff and his attacker, described by inmates as a white male over 60 years old, made up and were spotted hanging out together.
Prisoners interviewed by The Post said this was the first known physical altercation at the slammer for Madoff -- who paid a consultant for a crash course in prison culture and survival tips before he was locked up.
Bernie Madoff has gone from his plush, multi-million dollar penthouse to his 7 1/2 by 8 foot cell in the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
Have you met Bubba yet, Bernie?