New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn is calling for an emergency meeting to review nightclub bottle service guidelines in lieu of the melee, which left five people injured, including Brown leaving the spot with a nasty gash on his chin.
“I am deeply concerned by reports of the bottle throwing melee that injured more than five people in SoHo this week,” said Quinn in a statement to XXLMag.com. “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.”
As the story goes, Drake allegedly ignited the scuffle after flipping the middle finger to Brown’s camp. That triggered thrash talking going back and forth between the crews, which according to TMZ included Drizzy saying: “I’m about to go whoop that ass! You be on that ho shit on Twitter nigga.”
An eyewitness told the celebrity news site that a man from Breezy’s camp shot back, “Somebody’s gonna die,” which prompted Meek Mill to say, “Fuck you, we’re gonna kill you nigga.”
Meek then reportedly hit Brown with a bottle, as a bottle-throwing all-out brawl ensued. (Meek and Brown would later tweet each other in an attempt to let everyone know that they’re cool).
Not only did Brown leave with a nasty cut, but his bodyguard, Big Pat, left with a huge gash across his forehead. On Friday (June 15), it was revealed that NBA star Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs suffered an eye injury, while present at W.I.P. for the ugly melee.
“I was there with a bunch of friends when a fight broke out. They started to throw bottles about … I got it all,” Parker told various members of the media during a news conference. ”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 the Olympics in any way.”
One of the other people to get injured was a 24-year-old female Australian tourist, who was hit with a glass bottle and proceeded to fall in and out of consciousness. Brown spoke to police about the incident late Thursday (June 14), while Drake was scheduled to set up an interview with the NYPD soon thereafter. The entire incident is still under investigation by the NYPD.
“Pending on what the investigation comes up with, there may be arrests, there may not be arrests,” Sgt. Rodriguez of the NYPD told XXLMag.com.
Video footage of the incident shows the fracas and two men clearly exchanging punches.
Learning of this nasty incident was what prompted Quinn to act.
“This emergency meeting builds upon the Council’s work beginning in 2006, when we convened a summit meeting with the NYPD, the nightlife industry and other community stakeholders,” Quinn continued in her written statement. “Our collaboration resulted in the publication of the ‘Best Practices for Nightlife Establishments,’ a handbook created to assist the nightlife industry in enhancing safety and preventing illegal activity in their premises.
“In light of this week’s incident, I am pleased that both law enforcement and industry officials immediately agreed to meet with me and discuss this important public safety issue as soon as possible,” she added. “I want to thank the NYPD and the Nightlife Association for working together to examine if new steps are needed to ensure New York City’s nightlife remains safe for all.”
Rihanna is said to be the root of the friction between Brown and Drake. The song siren was notoriously Brown’s ex-girlfriend and Drake has long been rumored to a have on and off again relationship with her. Rumor mills also pointed to Meek as to having a fling with Rihanna. The three artists even took to Twitter, engaging in an all-out Twitter war over Rihanna last month.—Mark Lelinwalla