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Big Pat, Chris Brown’s bodyguard, is suing W.i.P. nightclub and Drake over last year brawl

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Big Pat, Chris Brown’s bodyguard, has accused Drake of sending an offensive note before their brawl at Soho’s W.i.P nightclub in a new lawsuit.

Big Pat, 43, real name Patrick Strickland, is suing Drake and the W.i.P nightclub over the nasty head cut he suffered when the melee kicked off in New York last June.

He claims the nightspot is responsible for his injury because it sat chris Brown and Drake’s entourages near each other, even though workers there knew they were feuding over Rihanna.

According to the New York Daily News, Big Pat refers to Drake as “a popular and successful, albeit critically derided, entertainer” in legal papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Big Pat, who is suing for unspecified damages, claims the club’s seating arrangements created “a substantial and unjustifiable risk that a mass altercation would occur between the two camps”.

Chris Brown’s bodyguard also alleges the club over-served Drake and his cohorrts, and had an employee hand Brown a note from Drake that read: “I’m f*****g the love of your life.”

Big Pat, Chris Brown's bodyguard, has accused Drake of sending an offensive note before their brawl at Soho’s W.i.P nightclub in a new lawsuit

Big Pat, Chris Brown’s bodyguard, has accused Drake of sending an offensive note before their brawl at Soho’s W.i.P nightclub in a new lawsuit

This allegedly led to a “verbal altercation” which escalated into a “massive bar brawl that involved bottle throwing, possible gunshots and a general state of riot and disorder”.


Contemporary reports said Big Pat was hit in the head and required stitches, and the suit says he endured “severe and disfiguring injuries to his face, head and eyes”.

The suit, which also names W.i.P.’s sister club Greenhouse and various parties associated with the party spots, is the latest in a string of legal actions relating to the incident.

The saga is becoming every more complicated, and last month it emerged the owners of the nightclub are arguing Chris Brown and Drake should be the ones to pay any damages to NBA player Tony Parker, another person who was caught in the crossfire.

Eva Longoria’s ex-husband is one of several people claiming they were injured in the brawl and filed a $20 million lawsuit against the club soon after.

Tony Parker claims he suffered a corneal laceration to his left eye among other injuries, and is seeking $20 million in damages.

The W.i.P’s owners, who are facing several suits, filed documents last week in New York saying Tony Parker should be pursing Chris Brown and Drake instead because they “contributed to, instigated, participated and/or engaged” in the brawl.

They want any and all damages awarded to the San Antonio Spurs player to come from Chris Brown and Drake, though it is still be decided what they should be as the case is still pending.

This is despite Tony Parker not naming Drake or Chris Brown in court documents hedged against owners of W.i.P.

It was previously reported Chris Brown and Drake are now suing each other over the incident.

Previous court documents indicate neither party is claiming responsibility for the fracas on June 14 last year, in the event a third party wins a suit filed against both men for damages suffered as a result over the fracas.

It has also been revealed French model Romain Julien filed suit against both Chris Brown and Drake, real name Aubrey Drake Graham, in August 2012 after sustaining injuries in the fight, which saw bottles flying between entourages at the club.

Romain Julien claims he suffered a severed tendon in his right hand, lacerations, a cosmetic deformity and mental distress as a result of the incident.

Newly-obtained filings show both Drake, 26, and Chris Brown, 23, are asking a judge to blame the event on each other to avoid having to deliver on a potentially large payday should Romain Julien win the suit.

It would mark the first time Chris Brown and Drake have sued one another.

Last November police revealed they had no plans to file criminal charges over the incident after concluding their investigation.

It is believed Chris Brown – who is still on probation for assaulting Rihanna in 2009 – sent a bottle of champagne to Drake’s table as a peace offering but it was returned with a note reading: “I’m f*****g the love of your life, deal with it.”

The gesture is then thought to have angered Chris Brown and resulted in him confronting Drake, who allegedly threw a punch at his rival, leading to a brawl breaking out.

Two other women who claim they were injured in the incident have filed suit.

Club owners at W.i.P also have pending litigation against Drake and Chris Brown.