(NEW YORK) — Chris Brown and Drake have been slapped with a $16 million lawsuit following their alleged brawl at New York City nightclub W.i.P on June 14.
In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Manhattan Supreme Court, Entertainment Enterprises, which runs W.I.P. and the adjoining club, Greenhouse, claimed the stars were responsible for the fight that broke out at the nightclub. The lawsuit alleged the “violent brawl” “destroyed” the Greenhouse name, which the lawsuit called “valuable property.” Entertainment Enterprises is seeking $16 million in damages for “gross negligence,” “ultrahazardous activity” and “intentional illegal acts.”
The fight started because Brown and Drake, “each shared a grudge against the other arising out of their romantic relationships with the same woman,” the lawsuit said. The “same woman” is reportedly singer Rihanna, Brown’s ex-girlfriend and Drake’s one-time fling.
Both Brown and Drake brought entourages into the club, and although the nightclub ensured they were unarmed, the lawsuit said, they were, “trained and/or experienced in hand-to-hand and weapons combat.” The lawsuit added that after becoming intoxicated and beginning to “fight violently” with each other, the performers encouraged their entourages to attack each other with bottles and makeshift knives.
Brown and Drake’s “posses” made “deadly weapons” out of whatever they could find, including glass bottles and furniture, the lawsuit said.
“Defendants overran the nightclubs’ extensive security measures and the brawl overtook the entire space,” the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit claimed that other club goers were unable to protect themselves from the fight, which “severely injured” several people, including professional basketball player Tony Parker. Parker has filed a separate lawsuit against Greenhouse and W.i.P for $20 million.
Before the fight, Entertainment Enterprises, which owns the trademark to the Greenhouse name, had negotiated a $4 million deal to hand over the name. When the nightclub brawl was covered extensively by the media, the deal fell through because the Greenhouse name was associated with violence and was “worthless,” according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit said Brown and Drake ,“should have seen that their notoriety and celebrity would ensure that their acts had far-reaching and devastating effects.” The Greenhouse name would not have been destroyed if they hadn’t fought, the lawsuit said.
Reps for Drake and Brown would not comment on the suit.
“Drake did not participate in any wrongdoing of any kind last night at W.i.P,” said a statement released by Drake’s rep the day after the incident. “He was on his way out of the club when the altercation began. He did not engage in any activity which resulted in injury to person or damage to property.”
“Chris, Karrueche [Brown’s girlfriend] and his friends were victims of a brutal attack last night at W.i.P,” Brown’s publicist told ABC News after the brawl. “They sustained several injuries. Chris and his party are cooperating with NY authorities who are pursuing this incident further.”
According to Brown’s Twitter account after the fight, a member of Drake’s camp threw a bottle at Brown and then hid behind security guards.
“Ok! N****s stand behind security!!!! Ok! U don’t pay them enough!” Brown tweeted after the incident. He later deleted the message. He also deleted a photo of himself that showed a gash on his chin.
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