Chris Brown and Drake were slapped with a $16 million lawsuit Wednesday over the glass-flying brawl at NYC’s W.i.P. nightclub in June, by Greenhouse, which shares space, owners and a liquor license with W.i.P.
Owners of the Greenhouse trademark claim in court papers that the melee, which left at least seven people injured — including hoops star Tony Parker — cost them a $4 million licensing deal that they’d recently brokered.
Publicists for Drake and Chris have tried to distance the men from the fight over their former flame, Rihanna.
But the lawsuit, brought by Entertainment Enterprises Ltd., which owns the Greenhouse name, alleges they were directly involved.
Chris and Drake “began to fight violently with each other,” according to papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. “Each ordered his security personnel, bodyguards, friends and entourage to join the fight.”
Club owners went to court to win the license back on a temporary basis, and made a pact with the city to reopen with beefed-up security.
Police and the Manhattan District Attorney’s office are still investigating the incident. So far, no criminal charges have been brought.