The publicized Chris Brown and Drake brawl from earlier this month has reportedly cost New York City nightclub W.i.P. its liquor license and possibly its future.
According to reports, the popular Manhattan spot currently has a law-enforced alcohol ban.
The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) ordered the booze ban last night, citing “ten separate assault and altercations beginning on March 11 2012, and leading up to a large brawl at the club on June 14, 2012″ — the night of the Drake vs. Chris Brown fight. The SLA says it has hit the club with 17 Alcoholic Beverage Control Law violations … including drug activity (twice) … lack of supervision … using the name “W.I.P.” without SLA authorization … and “becoming a drain on police resources.” According to the SLA, the ban is “effective immediately … no alcohol can be served or consumed on the premises.” Following the brawl, the club was shut down by the NYPD … now it seems highly unlikely the place will ever open its doors again. (TMZ)
Just last week, NBA star Tony Parker filed a $20 million lawsuit against the club.
The club is also facing a $20 million lawsuit from NBA star Tony Parker over injuries he sustained in the fight. The suit centers around many of the same charges the club is facing from the liquor authority: they didn’t do enough to stop the fight, they didn’t have enough security working when the fight started, and they should have known better than to let two guys who’ve publicly feuded for the same girl into the club at the same time. Parker was in the V.I.P. section when the fight broke out, and suffered an injury to his cornea in the ensuing melee. An injury to his eye, the suit argues, isn’t exactly great for Parker’s basketball career. Therefore, $20 million please. (The Atlantic Wire)
The San Antonio Spurs point guard claimed he nearly lost an eye from the bottle-throwing fight.
NBA superstar Tony Parker said Friday he was hit in the eye by shards of glass when bottles started flying and exploding at the W.I.P. club. The 6-foot-2-inch point guard said he was living it up with pals at the SoHo nightspot “when a fight broke out” early Thursday between the posses of rapper Drake and R&B star Chris Brown. Parker, who is supposed to play for France in the Summer Olympics next month, said he could have lost an eye. (New York Daily News)
Since the mid-June altercation, recent reports suggest W.i.P. could potentially have its doors closed for good.
The State Liquor Authority filed 14 charges yesterday against the trendy SoHo nightclub where Drake and Chris Brown had a bloody throw-down over Rihanna — and the place could soon be shut down. The charges against W.i.P. — and the Greenhouse club where it’s located — include one count of not stopping the bloody June 14 bottle brawl that started when Drake allegedly sent Brown a note, taunting the hip-hop star by saying, “I am f–king the love of your life.” The bar was slapped with seven other charges for other fights, noise violations and two drug-related incidents — at least one where marijuana was found at the bar. (New York Post)
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