NBA star Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs has filed a $20 million premises liability lawsuit against a New York City nightclub related to a bottle-throwing brawl between the entourages of recording artists Chris Brown and Drake. The incident occurred in June at SoHo’s W.i.P. club on Vandam Street. According to Parker’s complaint filed in New York Superior Court, he was “at a separate table” when the fight broke out, and he suffered a “corneal laceration of the left eye and other injuries.” Parker, who is playing with the French basketball team at the Summer Olympics, was reportedly sidelined for a week due to his eye injury. He commented on the incident, saying “they started throwing bottles everywhere. I don’t know what happened.”
Brown and Drake have both been romantically linked to R&B singer Rihanna, and according to Parker’s complaint, “there was known bad blood” between them. The lawsuit alleges “the defendants 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 . . . in failing to adequately secure the premises; in failing to have sufficient and efficient security; in failing to contact the police in a timely manner; in seeking to cover up what occurred; in creating a trap, hazard and a nuisance; [and] in failing to properly monitor activity at the club.” The lawsuit further alleges the club had “become a nuisance and a public nuisance” with a history of violent incidents.
Parker is not the only one suing the nightclub. According to media reports, Lucy Pavlovsky and Nadia Beddini have also filed suit against W.i.P. for injuries to the face, head, neck, body and extremities. They allege the club’s bouncers were inadequately trained to handle a violent situation and that the brawlers were “sold and consumed alcohol in excessive amounts.” According to Parker’s lawyer, the club was “throwing gasoline on the flames” by selling alcohol to both Brown and Drake’s camps and providing them with bottle service.
Property owners can be held accountable under premises liability law for injuries and deaths if they over-serve alcohol to patrons or provide inadequate security, both of which allegedly occurred in this particular case. Owners can also be held accountable for failing to properly maintain equipment and for employees’ use of unlawful force.
To learn more about your rights under premises liability law, call an experienced Atlantic City injury attorney today. If you sustained injuries on someone else’s property, an Atlantic City injury lawyer can help you fight for the compensation you need and deserve.