Chris Brown and Drake Hit with $16M Suit Over Club Brawl
Chris Brown and Drake may have thought they got off easy….wrong.
The glass has stopped flying, but now the lawsuits are being leveled in the brawl that trashed a NYC nightclub back in June. For once, rivals (and ex-flames of pop star Rihanna) Chris Brown and Drake are on the same side of something!
The early-morning bottle-throwing melee at SoHo nightspot W.i.P. left seven people injured, including NBA star Tony Parker, and resulted in the club being temporarily shut down. Now the incident has spawned a lawsuit holding both stars responsible.
Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. owns the trademark on Greenhouse, which shares owners, space and a liquor license with W.i.P. Owners of the trademark claim in their suit that the brawl cost them a $4 million licensing deal, and they hold Brown and Drake responsible for the loss.
According to papers filed in the suit, Brown and Drake “began to fight violently with each other…Each ordered his security personnel, bodyguards, friends and entourage to join the fight.”
The suit continued, “On defendant Brown and defendant Drake’s instructions, their two posses had at each other, throwing highball glasses laden with alcohol, shattering the handles of bottles of spirits to use as makeshift knives, and even throwing full bottles at each other. Within seconds, defendants filled an already packed nightclub full of flying glass shrapnel.”
“Defendants overran the nightclub’s extensive security measures and the brawl overtook the entire space. Terrorized patrons ran for cover…most were unable to protect themselves.”
The suit demands $16 million in damages from the defendants for “gross negligence,” “ultrahazardous activity” and “intentional illegal acts.”
Neither Brown nor Drake has commented on the suit and so far, no charges have been filed in the case.