Meek Mill: Chris Brown, Drake not to blame for brawl
Now that the broken glass has settled following last week’s messy nightclub brawl that reportedly involved Chris Brown and Drake and left four people injured, more details have emerged, only adding to the night's confusion.
Meek Mill, the Maybach Music Group MC reportedly involved in the scuffle, has blasted claims that Drake instigated the fight by hurling a bottle at Brown at New York nightclub W.i.P.
"I never seen Chris Brown or Drake throw a bottle, and I was there," Meek, who is currently touring with Drake, told XXL magazine Monday. "Chris and Drake, them two was there, but it's other people that be around that take … it to the next level.
News of Thursday’s brawl hit the net with fury and bookended months of a rumored feud between Drake and Brown, allegedly over Rihanna. Coincidentally, she was linked to Meek recently, and it was just recently that all three men had engaged in a series of subtweets on the subject.
Following the incident, Drake’s camp stressed that the rapper “did not participate in any wrongdoing of any kind,” while Brown unleashed a series of profane tweets about the night. He quickly deleted a number of tweets, but he didn’t take down a picture of his chin split open. Meek also denied any involvement.
As New York City police continue their investigation, a victim has stepped forward and announced that she is pursing legal options.
The victim’s lawyer is claiming that his client suffered a spinal injury when she was trampled during the chaos and told TMZ that Drake was to blame: "Your client instigated a brawl with Mr. Chris Brown ... [Drake's] actions were reckless and negligent in inflaming a violent mob ... My client personally observed several members of [Drake's] entourage throwing bottles of champagne with reckless and criminal disregard of the well-being of the innocent bystanders,” read the letter.
NBA star Tony Parker also claimed injuries related to the fight; a model claims to have suffered a blow to the head from a bottle and may require plastic surgery; and another woman said that she suffered a gash to the arm that required 12 stitches and that she is considering legal action.
Meek also revealed that he and Brown spoke after the incident and that there was no beef between the two. Drake, meanwhile, made a quick reference to the evening during a recent tour stop.
“What [Brown] tweeted was just that me and Meek Mill ain’t got no problem,” Meek said. “I talked to him immediately after that, on the phone afterwards, like immediately, like, ‘There’s nothing there, this-that-and-the-third.’ Chris Brown be in clubs. He be around situations like this. Things get out of hand that don’t mean it’s out of hand with me and him or whoever, not even him and Drake.”
Last weekend, W.i.P. was shuttered for code violations unrelated to the fight. No arrests have been made in relation to the incident, but authorities have subpoenaed security tapes from the club.
-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
Photos: Chris Brown, left, and Drake. Credit: Matt Sayles and Chris Pizzello / Associated Press.