One little (okay, not so little) fight between Chris Brown and Drake may end up costing both artists big. Entertainment Enterprises Ltd., which owns the W.i.P nightclub (and its sister nightclub, Greenhouse, located in the same building) where Breezy and Drizzy’s violent late-night altercation took place in June, is suing both artists for $16 million, reports Huffington Post. The lawsuit claims that Brown and Drake’s fight has ruined the reputation of the club and has derailed a $4 million deal to expand its brand.
The suit, filed in Manhattan Civil Supreme Court on Tuesday August 14, alleges that the two artists ”shared a grudge against the other arising out of their romantic relationships with the same woman”. (Do we really need to tell you who? Okay, it’s Rihanna.) When Brown and Drake “crossed paths,” they “began to fight violently with each other,” the suit says.
The suit continues, explaining that both parties “arrived with his own small army of bodyguards, ‘security’ personnel, employees, friends and other members of their entourage, consisting of at least 15 heavily built men trained and/or experienced in hand-to-hand and weapons combat.”
When the two posses began to beef with one another, the suit alleges that both parties “fashioned deadly weapons out of whatever materials they could find, including glasses, alcohol bottles and furniture.” Many nightclub patrons were “terrorized”, and many who were injured during the brawl have sued the nightclub — including NBA star Tony Parker, whose eye was struck with a piece of glass.
Before the June 14 incident, Entertainment Enterprises had reached an “agreement-in-principle” with another business to expand the Greenhouse name to clubs across the country.
“[The business] was primarily interested in the cachet and prestige associated with the Greenhouse marks,” says the lawsuit. The deal was then called off, as the club was “now associated with the kind of violent, life-threatening riot engaged in by [Brown and Drake], and that they were now worthless.”
EEL is seeking $16 million in damages, citing “gross negligence,” “ultrahazardous activity” and “intentional illegal acts.” For what it’s worth, both Brown and Drake deny that they took part in the bloody melee at the nightclub that night.
[Via Huffington Post]