Chris Brown and Drake Are Only Responsible for Their Own Bad Reputations, Judge Rules
Brawling artists will not owe a New York club $16 million
Drake and Chris Brown have a reason to celebrate — though not together, of course. A New York judge has tossed aside a $16 million lawsuit against the dueling performers over their infamous 2012 nightclub brawl.
Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. used to own the fight site itself, W.i.P., and currently operates the adjacent space Greenhouse. They claimed the fisticuffs left them with considerable damage with after the rapper and singer’s entourages “fashioned deadly weapons out of whatever materials they could find, including glasses, alcohol bottles, and furniture.” Five people were injured, including Brown and NBA star Tony Parker, and a bunch of other lawsuits have been filed.
The company also alleged that the fight hurt its reputation, costing Greenhouse a lucrative licensing deal because the location was “now associated with the kind of violent, life-threatening riot engaged in by the Defendants,” but a judge disagreed. According to TMZ, he ruled that both men were under no obligation to behave at W.i.P., and that Greenhouse’s rep is irrelevant because the artists weren’t there and can’t control how the media portrayed the fight.
And as for the brawl itself, the judge’s response apparently amounted to, paraphrasing, “These things happen in clubs,” therefore a promoter like Entertainment Enterprises can’t simply sue every time the shit hits the fan. Both clubs were closed for nearly three weeks afterward, according to Eater NY.
Bonus ridiculousness found in the lawsuit’s lingo: Because the men each “shared a grudge against the other arising out of their romantic relationships with the same woman, [they] should have foreseen that their notoriety and celebrity would ensure that their acts had far-reaching and devastating effects.” Because we all know that Breezy likes to stay two steps ahead of himself. Especially where Rihanna is concerned. Drake’s #YOLO philosophy is well documented.