Don't let anyone tell you there's no such thing as bad publicity. The club that hosted the epic brawl between Drake and Chris Brown is facing huge legal obstacles in the wake of the fight, and it's pretty much a guarantee that they're going to have to close.
You would think business might boom after a high-profile fight involving two popular rappers fighting over an ex-lover, who also happens to be a pop star, gets huge media coverage. Instead, they're facing huge sanctions from the liquor commission and a monster lawsuit.
The New York Post is reporting the W.i.P. nightclub has been slapped with 14 charges from the New York State Liquor Authority stemming from the fight, including one charge for failing to stop the brawl from escalating. The club have previously been charged for selling liquor to minors, and for a security guard selling weed to an undercover police officer. "They’re absolutely in jeopardy of losing their licenses," Liquor Authority spokesman William Crowley told the Post. "They have a number of prior charges, too, so that comes into play when we’re looking at taking action."
On top of all that, 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.
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.