Drake calls for club brawl lawsuit to be dismissed

By | Published on Monday 24 December 2012


Drake has filed legal papers in the US asking a judge to dismiss legal action being pursued against him in relation to that brawl that occurred in June in a New York bar between his and Chris Brown’s posses.

As previously reported, violence erupted at the New York club WiP on 14 Jun after both Drake and Brown found themselves in the same venue at the same time – they having past issues regarding their respective relationships with Rihanna. It is thought Brown sent Drake a bottle of champagne as a goodwill gesture, but the latter sent it back to the former with a rude note. The evening ended with associates of the two music stars brawling.

In August, New York clubbing company Entertainment Enterprises sued both Drake and Brown claiming that one of their clubs, called Greenhouse, which operates from the same building as WiP, had been permanently tarnished by the high profile brawl, and that a $4 million deal associated with the clubbing brand had fallen through as a result.

Responding to that lawsuit, Drake has now filed his own legal papers, according to WENN. Amongst the arguments in his document is that prior to the WiP incident Greenhouse had already once had its liquor licence suspended due to a “string of violent incidents”, and the New York Times had described the venue as having “a history of violence and other problems”, so the run in between the Drake and Brown crews would have done little actual reputational damage, even if either star could be held liable for the fracas.

It remains to be seen how the judge hearing the case responds.