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Report: Chris Brown, Drake Won't Face Charges in Nightclub Brawl

Shareif Ziyadat/Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Neither Chris Brown nor Drake will reportedly face any charges stemming from that knock-down, drag-out, bottle-smashing brawl at the WIP nightclub in New York City in June, reports.

Members of both stars' entourages will reportedly skate as well, New York Police Department sources tell the gossip site, stating that dark and blurry surveillance camera footage from the club didn't provide investigators with any useful evidence.

Drake suffered a cut on his chin in the brawl, and other club-goers were injured as well, including NBA star Tony Parker, who sued the club for $20 million after he was cut near his eye by broken glass.

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‘Made in America’ Rocks with Jay-Z, Obama and More

PRNewsFoto/BET Networks(Philadelphia, Pa.) -- “Made in America” concert goers are still buzzing about Jay-Z’s blow out set at his inaugural music festival Saturday night, in which special guests including Kanye West and Common brought down the house with HOVA.

The rap mogul even roped in President Obama, who made a video appearance to voice his support for Made in America’s patriotic purpose and urge attendees to register to vote.

An hour ahead of the start of MIA’s second day, there seemed to be almost as many voter registration volunteers as concert goers.

Blame it on the rain or Jay-Z’s show-stopping set — it sounds like it’ll be all but impossible to top his chaos-enduring rendition of “N***** in Paris.”

But with an A-list group of performers on deck Sunday — from Drake to Run DMC to Pearl Jam — a legendary show is likely to go down anyway.

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Chris Brown, Drake Sued for $16 Million Over Club Brawl

Shareif Ziyadat/Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Chris Brown and Drake have been slapped with a $16 million lawsuit following their alleged brawl at New York City nightclub W.i.P on June 14.

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Manhattan Supreme Court, Entertainment Enterprises, which runs W.I.P. and the adjoining club, Greenhouse, claimed the stars were responsible for the fight that broke out at the nightclub. The lawsuit alleged the “violent brawl” “destroyed” the Greenhouse name, which the lawsuit called “valuable property.” Entertainment Enterprises is seeking $16 million in damages for “gross negligence,” “ultrahazardous activity” and “intentional illegal acts.”

The fight started because Brown and Drake, “each shared a grudge against the other arising out of their romantic relationships with the same woman,” the lawsuit said. The “same woman” is reportedly singer Rihanna, Brown’s ex-girlfriend and Drake’s one-time fling.

Both Brown and Drake brought entourages into the club, and although the nightclub ensured they were unarmed, the lawsuit said, they were, “trained and/or experienced in hand-to-hand and weapons combat.” The lawsuit added that after becoming intoxicated and beginning to “fight violently” with each other, the performers encouraged their entourages to attack each other with bottles and makeshift knives.

Brown and Drake’s “posses” made “deadly weapons” out of whatever they could find, including glass bottles and furniture, the lawsuit said.

“Defendants overran the nightclubs’ extensive security measures and the brawl overtook the entire space,” the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit claimed that other club goers were unable to protect themselves from the fight, which “severely injured” several people, including professional basketball player Tony Parker. Parker has filed a separate lawsuit against Greenhouse and W.i.P for $20 million.

Before the fight, Entertainment Enterprises, which owns the trademark to the Greenhouse name, had negotiated a $4 million deal to hand over the name. When the nightclub brawl was covered extensively by the media, the deal fell through because the Greenhouse name was associated with violence and was “worthless,” according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit said Brown and Drake ,“should have seen that their notoriety and celebrity would ensure that their acts had far-reaching and devastating effects.” The Greenhouse name would not have been destroyed if they hadn’t fought, the lawsuit said.

Reps for Drake and Brown would not comment on the suit.

“Drake did not participate in any wrongdoing of any kind last night at W.i.P,” said a statement released by Drake’s rep the day after the incident. "He 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.”

“Chris, Karrueche [Brown's girlfriend] and his friends were victims of a brutal attack last night at W.i.P,” Brown’s publicist told ABC News after the brawl. “They sustained several injuries.  Chris and his party are cooperating with NY authorities who are pursuing this incident further.”

According to Brown’s Twitter account after the fight, a member of Drake’s camp threw a bottle at Brown and then hid behind security guards.

“Ok! N****s stand behind security!!!! Ok! U don’t pay them enough!” Brown tweeted after the incident. He later deleted the message. He also deleted a photo of himself that showed a gash on his chin.

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Report: Chris Brown, Drake Offered $1 Million to Face Off in the Ring

Shareif Ziyadat/Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Picture it: Drake in one corner and Chris Brown in the other.

It's a face-off that celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman would love to see, according to the New York Daily News, telling the newspaper that billionaire soda bottling heir Alki Davis has promised to give Brown and Drake $1 million each to continue their bottle-tossing brawl with a pay-per-view boxing match.  A rep for Brown, however, tells ABC News Radio, "We never heard of this offer." 

"Obviously they have a grudge.  It's just three 1-minute rounds.  No one will get seriously hurt," Feldman tells the Daily News, adding that he's shooting for an August 25 boxing match in Los Angeles or Las Vegas.

Feldman says that Davis has even offered to give $1 million to charity if the boxing match actually goes down. 

And while the idea of Brown and Drake sparring off on the small screen may sounds entertaining, the real-life investigation over their reported brawl at New York City nightclub W.i.P. isn't funny.  At least eight people were hurt in the chaos, and police tell the Daily News that investigators are tracking down witnesses to support claims that Drake taunted Brown and his camp with comments about Rihanna.

Meanwhile, an eye injury that NBA player Tony Parker suffered in the mess at W.i.P. may keep him from playing for France's national team in the Summer Olympics, according to reports.

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Tony Parker Suing Nightclub for Injury After the Chris Brown-Drake Brawl

iStockphoto/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- The San Antonio Spurs guard, Tony Parker, has sued the owners of the SoHo nightclub, W.i.P. for $20 million, according to the New York Post.

The Manhattan Supreme Court has papers that say Parker suffered a “corneal laceration of the left eye and other injuries” due to the fight when he was with Chris Brown.

Brown and Drake were not named in the suit, but both dated the singer Rihanna, and the lawsuit said the club owners, “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.”

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Report: Chris Brown Won't Be Charged in Bar Melee

Shareif Ziyadat/Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- According to a source "close to the singer," RadarOnline reports Chris Brown won't be charged in connection with the melee between his and Drake's entourages that left a New York City nightclub in shambles.

RadarOnline reports eyewitnesses blamed Drake for the bar fight last Thursday, saying he threw a bottle at Brown, and a free-for-all between the recording artists' bodyguards and hangers-on ensued, leaving several people, including innocent bystanders injured. The source tells RadarOnline that Brown is innocent. "Once the bottles started flying Chris did the right thing and just got the hell out of there."

The spy explained to the gossip site, "Chris and [girlfriend] Karreuche [Tran] have been interviewed by cops and at this point it looks very likely that neither Chris, nor [she] will be charged with any criminal wrongdoing. Chris has been extremely cooperative and forthcoming with information to the investigating officers, which they are thankful for...Cops have said they probably won't need to interview Chris again, but if needed, he would be more than willing to do so."

Brown better hope he does avoid charges: he's still under probation for his 2009 assault against then-girlfriend Rihanna.

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Club Manager Arrested After Chris Brown, Drake Brawl

Shareif Ziyadat/Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- One day after a bottle-throwing fight erupted between Chris Brown and Drake at a New York City club, police arrested the manager of the club.

Jonathan Cantor, the manager of Greenhouse, was taken into custody Thursday night after police found out he had two outstanding warrants against him. He was summonsed for a noise violation for loud music and arrested for his open warrants.

W.i.P., the club where Drake and Brown fought, is located in the basement of Greenhouse, and is a joint venture between Greenhouse and firm Collective Hardware. Following Cantor’s arrest, the clubs were shut hours before their normal 4 a.m. closing time and the patrons were sent home.

Though multiple photos and videos of Brown and Drake’s brawl have appeared online, their reps maintain that the hip-hop stars did nothing wrong.

“Chris, Karrueche [Brown's girlfriend] and his friends were victims of a brutal attack last night at W.i.P.,” Brown’s publicist told ABC News. “They sustained several injuries.  Chris and his party are cooperating with NY authorities who are pursuing this incident further.”

NYPD have interviewed Brown, as a victim and not as a suspect, they say.

In a statement to ABC News, Drake’s publicist said, “Drake did not participate in any wrongdoing of any kind last night at W.i.P. He 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.”

Cops are investigating what happened on Wednesday night. When they arrived at the club at 4 a.m. Thursday after receiving a call about disorderly conduct, they found one man and four women who had sustained non-life threatening injuries. No charges were filed.

Brown tweeted about the incident, posting a photo of himself with a gash on his chin, but subsequently deleted those tweets.

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Chris Brown and Drake Fight in a New York Nightclub?

Shareif Ziyadat/Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- An altercation between Chris Brown and Drake, or some members of Drake's entourage, apparently broke out in the wee hours of Thursday morning at a nightclub in New York City leaving Chris with an injury to his chin, and apparently it's all over Rihanna, Chris' ex-girlfriend and Drake's one-time fling.

According to a series of tweets that have since been deleted, the fight began at the W.i.P. club in lower Manhattan where Chris, and Drake along with Wale, Trey Songz and Meek Mill, were celebrating Teyana Taylor’s signing to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label. When Chris sent a bottle of champagne to Drizzy as a peace offering, Drake returned the favor with a note saying, "I'm f****** the love of your life, deal with it." According to several media reports, Drake approached Chris' table starting the brawl. A member of Drake's camp supposedly threw a bottle at Chris and hid behind security guards. Tweeted pictures showed damage to several tables, bottles and mirrors inside the club; and Chris later tweeted and deleted a picture of himself with a gash on his chin, as well as the message, "Ok! N****s stand behind security!!!! Ok! U don't pay them enough!"

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New York City Police did not confirm the identities of the people involved in the melee, but an NYPD spokesman confirmed to ABC News that police responded to a 911 call at 4 a.m. on Tuesday regarding disorderly conduct at the W.i.P. club. When police arrived they encountered a large group congregating outside the club. One man and four women had sustained what the spokesman called non-life threatening injuries. No charges were filed and the investigation is ongoing.

A rep for Drake denied that he was involved in the altercation, issuing the following statement: “Drake did not participate in any wrongdoing of any kind last night at W.i.P. He 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.”

A rep for Chris said that he and girlfriend Karrueche Tran were cooperating with authorities.  In a statement the rep said, "Chris, Karrueche and his friends were victims of a brutal attack last night at WIP.  They sustained several injuries.  Chris and his party are cooperating with NY authorities who are pursuing this incident further."

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Drake and Rihanna, Gwyneth and Cee Lo to Perform at Grammys

Photo Courtesy - GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Drake and Rihanna will perform a duet at the Grammy Awards, while Cee Lo Green will take the stage to sing with Gwyneth Paltrow and the Jim Henson Company Muppets. 

It's unclear how the Muppets will be incorporated into the performance.  Paltrow and Green recently teamed up when they sang together on Saturday Night Live last month.

The new artists taking the Grammy stage join already-announced acts Eminem, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry.  The Grammys air live February 13 on CBS.

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Drake, Justin Bieber Lead Juno Nominations

Photo Courtesy - Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images (TORONTO) -- The two hottest Canadian artists out there right now have landed a slew of nominations for the Juno Awards, Canada's equivalent to the Grammys.

Drake, who's hosting the Juno Awards ceremony on March 27, landed six nods, including Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for Thank Me Later.  Meanwhile, Justin Bieber scored four nods, including Album of the Year for My World 2.0 and Artist of the Year.

Other nominees include Michael Buble, Sarah McLachlan and, in the international category, Eminem, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Lady Antebellum and Taylor Swift.

Shania Twain will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the Toronto ceremony.

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