Suit against W.i.P. club was filed on Monday in connection with injuries NBA star suffered in the melee.
By Gil Kaufman
One of the most high-profile victims to emerge from the shattered glass wreckage of the nightclub brawl between members of Chris Brown and Drake’s crews at New York nightclub W.i.P. has filed a multimillion-dollar suit against the SoHo night spot.
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, claims in a $20 million lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court earlier this week that the club’s owners are responsible for the “corneal laceration of the left eye and other injuries,” according to the New York Post.
A spokesperson for the club told MTV News on Friday (June 22) that they were unable to comment on the suit because they have not yet been served with any papers. In addition, the club, whose owner, Jonathan Cantor, was arrested on unrelated charges tied to two outstanding warrants, continues to be closed on a temporary basis.
Parker’s suit claims that W.i.P.’s owners should have known better than to let the two romantic rivals for Rihanna’s affection into the club at the same time. Lawyer David Jaroslawicz added that the extent of Parker’s injuries are not yet known, but that eye injuries “certainly don’t improve your outside shot.” The NBA star and one of the key members of the championship team is slated to play for his native France in this summer’s Olympics.
Neither musician is named in the lawsuit, but it does mention them as being the catalyst for the fight. “The defendants were reckless, careless and negligent in permitting Drake’s entourage and Brown’s entourage to be in the club at the same time despite known tension between the two,” the suit reads. “She’s been known, like Helen of Troy, to cause trouble,” Jaroslawicz said of Rihanna.
According to the suit, Parker wasn’t sitting with either party, but has said he was with “my friend Chris Brown” when the troubles started and claimed that he and his friends took some blows before “they started throwing bottles everywhere.”
The baller said he’s been sidelined for a week as he recuperates from the injury with the help of a “therapeutic” contact lens. While he said his eye felt better at first, it began to hurt when he landed in France to practice with his team for the games, forcing him to visit the ER for more treatment. “I’ll be missing the start of the French team because I can’t do anything for a week except keep the lens in and then take drops,” he told the paper.
Police have not made any arrests over the incident, but they have subpoenaed the security tapes from the club and are reviewing them.