News: Drake Knuckles Up, Fights Back $16 Million Accusations
Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 7:53PM
Young Money superstar Drake is not letting a recent $16 million lawsuit filed against him over last summer's publicized New York City brawl with music rival Chris Brown bring him down and has lashed back.
Despite getting cited as a huge reason for W.i.P/Greenhouse's loss in profits since the June fight, Drizzy wants nothing to do with the case.
Now Drake is firing back ... arguing he CAN'T be held responsible for how the media portrayed either club in the news -- and claims Greenhouse's rep was in the toilet looooooong before he set foot through the door. Specifically, the rapper says the NY Times has described the club as having "a history of violence and other problems." Not only that, he says the club was almost shut down back in 2011 by the NYPD ... and had its liquor license previously suspended due to "a string of violent incidents." Drake is asking a judge to dismiss the case. (TMZ)
R&B star Chris Brown's camp had a similar reaction to the lawsuit last August.
Chris Brown is calling B.S. on the people suing him for allegedly instigating the bottle-throwing bloodfest at W.i.P. nightclub in NYC. TMZ spoke with a rep for Brown ... who spoke with Mark Geragos (Chris Brown's lawyer) ... who says, "It's a frivolous lawsuit." Side note -- we've spoken with people directly involved with the situation who tell us neither Drake nor Chris laid a hand on each other during the melee. (TMZ)
Reports of the hefty lawsuit hit the Internet around mid-August.
Greenhouse, on Vandam Street, shares space, owners and a liquor license with W.i.P. -- the bar where the fight occurred June 14. 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 Brown 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. (New York Daily News)
The suit specifically cites Drizzy and Brown for not considering their celebrity status amongst clubgoers.
The lawsuit said Brown and Drake "should have seen that their notoriety and celebrity would ensure that their acts had far-reaching and devastating effects." The Greenhouse name would not have been destroyed if they hadn't fought, the lawsuit said. (ABC News)