It seemed like everyone was getting sued in the bloody Chris Brown / Drake nightclub brawl except for Chris Brown and Drake.
Tony Parker had sued the nightclub for $20 million after sustaining an eye injury, and the nightclub had sued New York City for shutting it down. Now the company that owns the trademark to the nightclub's name (not the club itself) is suing Brown and Drake for $16 million for allegedly starting the brawl, reports MTV.
Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. claims that Drake and Brown started the fight at the joint clubs Greenhouse and WiP, and then ordered their entourages to follow suit.
The nightclub brawl happened in June, when both entertainers showed up at the club with their entourages. The Chris Brown / Drake lawsuit says that the two groups arrived unarmed, but each entourage consisted of at least "15 heavily built men" trained for combat, reports MTV.
The fight allegedly occurred because Brown and Drake shared a common love interest in Rihanna, and the fight allegedly got out of hand when Brown and Drake each ordered their crew to participate in the brawl.
Once the fight started, EEL claims that bottles and glasses were being thrown and that the club became very dangerous to patrons with shards of glass flying in the air.
The company is now seeking $16 million for Drake and Brown's "gross negligence," "ultrahazardous activity," and "intentional illegal acts," reports MTV. To support its claim for damages, the company points to injured patrons like NBA star Tony Parker.
Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. filed its Chris Brown / Drake lawsuit because it had a $4 million deal to license the nightclub's trademark outside of New York -- a deal that was nixed after bad publicity from the fight, the New York Post reports. The singers "should have foreseen that their notoriety and celebrity would ensure that their acts had far-reaching and devastating effects," the suit states, according to the Post.
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