Drake may have just settled one lawsuit, and Chris Brown’s legal woes keep getting worse, but now the two Grammy winners are going after each other in court. TMZ reports that Drizzy and Breezy are each trying to blame the other for their infamous June 2012 brawl inside New York nightclub W.i.P.
Romain Julien, a French male model who was present for the fight, has filed suit against Drake, Brown, and the venue for injuries he claims to have sustained while bottles and other paraphernalia went flying. Now, the Take Care and Fortune stars have both filed legal documents of their own, asking the judge to hold the other responsible for paying any damages if Julien wins his lawsuit.
As previously reported, the violent scuffle broke out at around 4 a.m. last June after the two artists’ entourages shouted comments at each other, which allegedly prompted someone from Drake’s crew to throw a bottle across the room. The incident left at least five people injured, including Brown’s bodyguard “Big Pat” and Brown himself. According to witnesses, Drake made it out unscathed. TMZ reported last November that criminal charges would not be filed against either party involved. It’s also been reported that the fight may have stemmed from an argument over Rihanna, who has been linked romantically to both Drake and Brown, but TMZ has claimed that the Unapologetic singer was not involved in any way.
W.i.P. filed a suit against Drake and Brown last August, claiming the rumble caused $16 million worth of damage to the club and that their respective entourages “fashioned deadly weapons out of whatever materials they could find, including glasses, alcohol bottles and furniture.” The melee apparently ravaged W.i.P., which was left with broken tables, mirrors, and lighting.
Drake recently settled a lawsuit with collaborator Ericka Lee, who contributed vocals on Take Care standout “Marvin’s Room.” Brown, on the other hand, is sinking deeper into his troubles with the law. It’s been alleged that the respect-hungry R&B singer did not actually complete the more than 180 days of community service he was court-ordered to do as part of his probation following his 2009 assault against Rihanna. Los Angeles prosecutors have requested that Brown re-do his community service in L.A. Since then, the Richmond, Virginia police chief who personally signed off on Brown’s service hours has resigned, further arousing suspicion that the Hall of Shamer defrauded his labor records.