by Adeniyi Abdul
It’s been a month and a day since the highly publicised fracas involving rapper Drake and singer Chris Brown took place in a New York City nightclub, and while details of what exactly happened remain sketchy, it looks like we haven’t heard the last of the case.
The two musicians are now being hit with a $16m lawsuit over the June 14 brawl between their entourages. The suit was filed by owners of club WiP, where the fight happened, and an adjoining venue, the Greenhouse Club, who claim that the fight caused them to lose a licensing deal worth $4m. Both clubs also temporarily lost their liquor licenses due to the incident.
According to the lawsuit, the musicians are guilty of “circumvention of the venue’s extensive security measures,” and “should have foreseen that their notoriety and celebrity would ensure that their acts had far reaching and devastating effects”.
It further states that “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.”
“It’s their posse, and they’re in charge, and to the extent that they could have controlled or dissipated whatever was going on, we don’t believe they did,” said lawyer Andrew T. Miltenberg.
Seven people were injured in the brawl, including French-American basketball player Tony Parker, who filed a $20million lawsuit against the club.