Drake Being Charged With Reckless Endangerment [VIDEO]
It looks like Drake will be charged with reckless endangerment over the brawl that left five people injured, including Chris Brown, his bodyguard Big Pat and NBA superstar Tony Parker.
According to the New York Post, if Drake does not agree to surrender by next week, police are considering arresting him at his concert at Jones Beach which is going down tonight. As previously reported, Chris Brown and his lawyer Mark Geragos have been cooperating with police.
Geragos says he turned over video evidence that clearly points to Drake starting the incident saying Friday, "I have turned over evidence that it was Drake who instigated this. The evidence makes it clear that Chris is the victim in all of this. I believe the police are building a case against Drake and his thugs. Clearly, Drake was the instigator, and there is evidence he threw glassware."
A person who was reportedly at the club on the night of the melee said it was sparked when a member of Drake's entourage threw a bottle at Brown's crew, but that "Chris and Drake never got in each other's faces ... it was entourage versus entourage, never Drake versus Chris."
Meanwhile, the fall out continues over the brawl at W.i.P., which left one concertgoer with 16 stitches in her head. She already plans on filing a lawsuit against both parties, due to injuries she sustained in the massive fight. In addition to Chris Brown, his girlfriend Karrueche Tran and his bodyguard Big Pat, also injured was NBA star Tony Parker.
The San Antonio Spurs player was attending a birthday party for Ne-Yo's manager Javon Smith at the Manhattan hotspot when the brawl broke out between the two stars. Parker sustained a serious eye injury after small shards of glass got in one of his eyes. Parker told TMZ, "I was there with a bunch of friends when a fight broke out. They started to throw bottles about." Because of his injury doctors have ordered him to rest for a week, but he insists the incident will not put a stop to his plans to compete in the Summer Olympics in London adding, "The cornea has been touched. I can't do anything for seven days. But I was lucky. The injury won't prevent me from competing in the Olympics in any way."
As far as Chris Brown, Radar Online reported on Friday (June 15) that Rihanna consoled him on Thursday night at Jay-Z's 40/40 club in New York all night and as they put it, "it was clear that she loved the attention he was giving her ... those two have a thing for each other that will never die, no matter what, and they're on their way to really being back together. Chris just adores her. And she tended to him, making sure the gash on his chin from the fight was OK."
The site also reported that Chris actually needed eight stitches to close up the wound on his chin and had to get a tetanus shot as well. His bodyguard, Big Pat, reportedly needed 20 stitches to close up the wound on his head and also received a tetanus shot, while Chris's girlfriend, Karrueche Tran, sustained minor cuts and had some glass fragments removed from her skin.
On a much more serious note, Chris is not in the clear just yet. Authorities are investigating if one of the men in his entourage was a Crip gang member. If so, that could possibly put him in violation of his probation because it specifically stipulates he can not associate with gang members.
Speaking of which, nobody seems to want to go on the record, but several anonymous witnesses also reportedly told TMZ that a member of Brown's 16-member crew, "was throwing gang signs and screaming at Drake's table." To make matters worse those same witnesses pegged that dreadlocked man as the "primary instigator" of the brawl, claiming he verbally taunted Drake's table and yelled out, "somebody's gonna die." They are also saying he later allegedly threatened Meek Mill, saying, "F--- you, we're gonna kill you n---a." As this was going on, Chris reportedly stood up and tried to calm the situation by embracing his friend and talking him down.
However, if the purported gang signs were indeed thrown and are caught on video being reviewed by police, TMZ reported that it could spell some serious trouble for Chris, whose five years of probation stipulates that he cannot associate with gang members.
In other fall-out from the scuffle, TMZ is also noting that the New York City Council is held an emergency meeting with nightclub owners to discuss whether bottle service policies should be changed in the wake of the fight.
City Council Speaker Christine Quin said, "I am deeply concerned by reports of the bottle throwing melee that injured more than five people in SoHo this week. That is why I have immediately convened an emergency meeting next week between my office, the NYPD, and the nightlife industry ... The purpose of this meeting is to send a clear message to all nightclub patrons that bottles cannot be used as weapons and to determine if the guidelines surrounding bottle service need to be updated or reworked."
The investigation continues. I will keep you posted with any further developments.