Drake and Chris Brown sued over club fight

By | Published on Friday 17 August 2012

Chris Brown

Drake and Chris Brown have been hit with a lawsuit relating to the fight that broke out between their entourages back in June.

As previously reported, the incident occurred at New York’s WiP club on 14 Jun. Although details remain a bit sketchy, it’s thought that when Brown realised that both he and Drake were in the same club, he sent his rival music star a bottle of champagne as a goodwill gesture, there being some tensions between the two artists related to their respective past relationships with Rihanna. Drake, it seems, sent the goodwill gesture back to Brown with a rude note and a fight subsequently ensued between the two stars’ posses.

Whereas past lawsuits relating to this fight have come from bystanders injured in the brawl, and have been aimed primarily at the club itself, this litigation comes from the owners of a clubbing brand that operates in the same building as WiP. Entertainment Enterprises owns the club brand Greenhouse, which is run out of the same building as WiP, by the same management team, and under the same licence.

According to the New York Daily News, the company reckons that the New York venue using its name went from being a popular clubbing destination to “worthless” overnight, because it became “associated with the kind of violent, life threatening riot engaged in by the defendants”. And this, the company alleges, has caused a $4 million licensing deal to expand the name across the US to fall though.

Although both stars have always distanced themselves from the fight, the lawsuit states that it started when they “crossed paths and began to fight violently with each other”, following Drake’s knock back of the bubbly. The legal papers add: “Each ordered his security personnel, bodyguards, friends and entourage to joint the fight, which erupted into a violent brawl on a massive scale. Terrorised patrons ran for cover but found none. Instead, they duck[ed] behind each other, using banquettes and tables as improvised shields”.

Elsewhere in Chris Brown news, Rihanna has said that after he violently attacked her in 2009, she was concerned that he would not be able to get the help he so clearly needed. Speaking to Oprah Winfrey in an interview due to air in the US this Sunday, TMZ reports that the singer said: “It was a weird, confusing space to be in … because as angry as I was, as angry and hurt and betrayed, I just felt like he made that mistake because he needed help … and who’s going to help him?”

She continued: “Nobody’s going to say he needs help. Everybody’s going to say he’s a monster without looking at the source … and I was more concerned about him. I lost my best friend … everything I knew switched … switched in a night and I couldn’t control that”.