It’s obvious that money and fame can’t buy you class.
A beef over platinum-selling singer Rihanna sparked a bloody, bottle-throwing melee between her ex-boyfriends Chris Brown and Drake in a Manhattan nightclub, police sources said. The pre-dawn brawl, involving the two chart-topping stars and their posses, left Brown sporting a nasty gash on his chin around 4 a.m.
Thursday inside crowded Club W.I.P. in SoHo, Brown reportedly took a bottle and a punch to his face from Drake near the end of the birthday celebration for Javon Smith, manager of singer/songwriter Ne-Yo. The violence started with a gesture of good will, as the often-volatile Brown sent a bottle of champagne to hip-hop star Drake’s table, police sources said. The rapper had the bubbly returned to Brown with a note reading, “I’m still fucking Rihanna” — and all hell broke loose, the sources said.
Drake’s 15-member entourage, a dozen pals and three security officers peeled off their shirts as the fighting kicked into gear, a witness told police. Bottles and ice flew through the air as the crowd ducked and ran for cover.
Drake had arrived only 45 minutes before the throw down started, another witness told the Daily News. The mood shifted after Drake walked in like “a thug vibe,” according to the witness. Prior to that, the 23-year-old Brown was “low-key, keeping to himself, partying, dancing,” the witness said.
Stars including Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, fabulous and hoops star Tony Parker were among those at the bash earlier in the evening.
Brown and Rihanna were reportedly reheating their romance in recent weeks. Drake dated the sultry singer after Brown left her bloodied and bruised in a 2009 attack.
Brown remains on probation for the beating, and was ordered to undergo a year of counseling for his violent behavior.
A statement from Brown’s rep insisted the R&B singer was an innocent victim who is cooperating with the NYPD investigation.
“Chris and his friends were victims of a brutal attack last night at W.I.P.,” the statement said. “They sustained several injuries.” Brown was clocked with a bottle and punched in the face by Drake to ignite the brawl, according to the web site GlobalGrind.com. The report included a photo (pictured here) of the trashed night club with broken glass strewn across the floor.
Brown posted a picture of his gashed chin on Twitter accompanied by a series of insults directed at Drake and his crew. “How u party wit a rich nigger that hate?” Brown wrote. “Lol … Throwing bottles like girls? #shameonya!”
In another, he mocked Drake’s crew for “hiding in the bathroom” and standing “behind security.” The photo and tweets were later removed.
Petty and definetly tacky as rappers/dancers and/or entertainers.