Following a brawl at the Ntycee Lounge and Restaurant in Lagos Friday March 8, where rapper/singer Lynxxx had reportedly assaulted a UK-based Nigerian businessman, Richard Bennet, the matter was taken to court recently and now Lynxxx, is facing litigation at an Igbosere Magistrates’ court for allegedly beating up Bennet who is asking for N10m damages for assault and battery.
Chukie Edozie who goes by the stage name Lynxxx had reportedly reacted in the club when Bennet was said to have sexually harassed and assaulted his manager’s cousin, Nikki during a birthday gig for singer, Praiz.
Lynxxx was with his manager and some friends at the time and Bennet also called Pope who was said to own two bars in Nigeria and the UK, in his claims, explained that he had gone to Ntycee with his nephews to relax.
According to reports, Bennet said it was while strolling around the club that his drink spilt on a lady who allegedly slapped him and emptied the content of her glass cup on him.
“Edozie on learning what had happened, grabbed me by the lapel, and later broke bottles and threatened to kill me if I did not apologise to the lady who I later learnt was his relation,” he said.
The fracas led to the club being closed by the owners of the bar.
Bennet claimed that Lynxxx and his friends remained at the gate, regrouped and later forced themselves back into the club where they “brutally assaulted me with several blows to my head and body.”
The Punch reports:
A copy of the medical report from the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja where the claimant was admitted said, “he was seriously beaten up by a group of people, and was hit with iron rod in the head, with severe pain and bruises over his body.’’
The counsel for the claimant, Mrs. Tina Wils-Ubong, of the Festus Keyamo Chambers, however said Edozie had been served papers inviting him to answer to the offence, which he refused to accept or acknowledge.
She said the Keyamo Chambers was still making efforts to serve the defendant papers.
Wils-Ubong informed the court of the Chambers intention to file an ex parte.
The magistrate, Mrs. A.F Botoku, however, said it might not be necessary as the court had written the state Citizen’s Mediation Centre, where the matter could be resolved between the two men; and if this failed, it would be returned to the court.
None of the parties to the matter was in court, except the counsel for the claimant.
The matter was adjourned till July 2.