Four men were stabbed at a New York City nightclub release party for the new film, Notorious, this weekend.
Authorities reported to the crime scene minutes following the incident.
Police responded to a 911 call at 3:25 a.m. about a stabbing in the Djumbala nightclub at 1370 Ralph Ave. in East Flatbush. (Newsday)
The event was to help promote the late Biggie Smalls‘ biopic.
The men stabbed at the Brooklyn nightclub were advertising the “official” after-party for the opening of the film Notorious about Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace. (Boston Herald)
One victim has reportedly suffered severe injuries.
Police said Saturday a 21-year-old victim stabbed numerous times was in critical condition at Brookdale Hospital. Three others were stable. (Associated Press)
The film’s production company and victims’ relatives released statements hours later.
A spokesman for movie production company Fox Searchlight Pictures said today, “It’s an unfortunate and isolated incident, but there is no connection to the filmmakers or the studio.”
Cynthia Cotto, 45, whose two nephews, Rob Davis, 21, and his brother Chris, 18, were among the injured, claims the club was letting in underage customers and failing to check them for weapons. “The bouncers weren’t doing their job,” she said. “These boys were just there to have a good time, and then this happened,” said Michelle Anderson, who wouldn’t name her 19-year-old son but said he was one of those hurt. “I don’t know what set it off.” (New York Post)
Notorious was released at theaters nationwide on Friday, January 16, 2009.