Drake and Chris Brown Face $16 Million Lawsuit over Nightclub Brawl
Published Aug 15, 2012On June 14, New York's W.i.P. nightclub was the site of an alleged brawl between Drake and Chris Brown, as well as their respective posses -- a fight that was covered extensively in gossip rags and tabloids. Evidently the club isn't too happy about the negative publicity and expensive fallout, since owner Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. is now suing both performers for $16 million in damages.
According papers to filed in Manhattan Supreme Court [via New York Post/TMZ], Drake and Brown each "arrived with his own small army of bodyguards, 'security' personnel, employees, friends and other members of their entourage, consisting of at least 15 heavily built men trained and/or experienced in hand-to-hand and weapons combat."
Once the scrap began, "Each ordered his security personnel, bodyguards, friends and entourage to join the fight, which erupted into a violent brawl on a massive scale," the suit says. The fighters allegedly turned bottles and furniture into makeshift weapons, trashing the inside of the club in the process.
"The defendants filled an already packed nightclub full of flying glass shrapnel," the documents state. Some of the patrons of W.i.P. were reportedly injured in the melee, and have since responded by suing the club. This includes NBA basketball player Tony Parker, who is reportedly seeking $20 million in damages.
The bad publicity in the wake of the fight also meant that that a $4 million licensing deal for Greenhouse -- the club located in the same building that's also owned by Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. -- allegedly fell through.
The suit claims that responsibility for the fight falls on Drake and Brown, not their posses. The performers' beef apparently stems from their relationships with Rihanna.