Yesterday came word that Jon B.'s holding company Entertainment Enterprises, owner of the Greenhouse trademark, was suing rappers Chris Brown and Drake over their bottle throwing melee in W.i.P. for $16 million. Jon B. was the original owner of the club. He recently sold his interest in the Soho hotspot to his former partners, but managed to maintain ownership of that oh so valuable Greenhouse name. Now he is alleging that the rappers' brawl cost the company a valuable licensing deal.
A copy of the lawsuit showed up in the inbox today, and boy is it a doozy.
· Brown and ... Drake each shared a grudge against the other arising out of their romantic relationships with the same woman.
· Each arrived with his own small army of bodyguards, "security" personnel, employees, friends and other members of their entourage, consisting of at least 15 heavily-built men trained and/or experienced in hand-to-hand and weapons combat.
· The Defendents fashioned deadly weapons out of whatever materials they could find, including glasses, alcohol bottles, and furniture, thereby circumventing the nightclub's extensive efforts to ensure a safe environment.
· On Brown and Drake's instructions, their two posses had at each other, throwing highball glasses laden with alcohol, shattering the handles of bottles of spirits to use as makeshift knives, and even throwing full bottles at each other.
The suit (posted below) goes on to describe the chaos that ensued, the coverage the brawl received, and the impact it caused on the licensing deal, saying that the Greenhouse name is "now associated with the kind of violent, life threatening riot engaged in by the Defendents," making them worthless. Combine this with Tony Parker's lawsuit, and we're approaching almost $50 million in litigation risk all over Rihanna, making her a modern day version of Helen of Troy.
· W.I.P. Coverage [~ENY~]
· Nightlife Coverage [~ENY~]