Singer Chris Brown, his girlfriend Karrueche Tran, and bodyguard Big Pat were injured when a dance floor showdown with members of hip-hop star Drake’s entourage turned into a bottle-hurling brawl Thursday at a nightclub, police said.
Brown tweeted a photo of himself with a cut chin, then later removed it, as well as other messages and a brief rundown about the fight, including taunts.
A rep for the “Turn Up the Music” singer later released a statement saying he and his girlfriend, model Karrueche Tran, were victims of a “brutal attack.” But a rep for Drake also said the rapper was on his way out of the club when the altercation began.
“He did not engage in any activity which resulted in injury to person or damage to property,” according to Drake’s rep. Hmm…
Witnesses told police that two men approached Brown’s table and asked him whether he had a problem with Drake, and he replied he did not. Later, as Brown was leaving the club, five men blocked his way on the dance floor and started taking off their shirts and yelling, police said.
At some point during the face-off, bottles started flying. Chief NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said it’s not clear whether the bottles were tossed by members of either entourage, or if bar patrons eager to egg on a dispute started throwing them.
Five bystanders, four women and a man, also suffered cuts during the fight at the club W.i.P. in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, police said. Brown’s bodyguard suffered a more serious cut to the head, but all the victims were released from the hospital later Thursday.
Police were looking for surveillance footage and talking to patrons who witnessed the encounter. No arrests have been made and no complaints filed, and no one has identified any one person as an assailant, police said.
“Chris and his party are cooperating with NY authorities who are pursuing this incident further,” Brown’s representatives said in a statement.
Neither star was on scene when police arrived around 4 a.m. Thursday. It’s not clear what prompted the fight. But both Brown and Drake at one time dated singer Rihanna.
Brown spoke with police Thursday; Drake, who was scheduled to perform at Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center Thursday night in upstate New York, said he was unable to and would do so at a more convenient time with his attorney.
Rapper Meek Mill (who also at one point allegedly had an issue with Brown because of Rihanna), R&B singers Trey Songz and Ne-Yo, “Basketball Wives” star Jennifer Williams and Spurs’ player Tony Parker were also there to party. Details on the incident are still developing.
(Source: Huffington Post & TheYBF)