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This wasn’t the kind of bottle service NBA star Tony Parker had in mind. The San Antonio Spurs guard (pictured) — injured in the Chris Brown-Drake melee at a SoHo nightclub — filed a $20 million lawsuit against its owners yesterday, saying they should have known better than to let the Rihanna love rivals in at the same time. In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Parker holds W.i.P.’s owners responsible for the “corneal laceration of the left eye and other injuries” he suffered in the bottle-throwing brawl at the now-shuttered Vandam Street club. New York Post
The suit does not name Brown or Drake, who have both dated Rihanna, as defendants, but blames the club for creating the combustible combination. “She’s been known, like Helen of Troy, to cause trouble,” Jaroslawicz said. Sources said Drake, 25, sent Brown, 23, into a rage when his table sent over a note that read, “I am f--king the love of your life.” Brown had just bought the hip-hop star a pricey bottle of champagne, sources said. Drake’s camp maintains the fight was instigated by a member of Brown’s crew. Jaroslawicz said it’s the club’s fault. By selling both camps bottle service, “you’re throwing gasoline on the flames,” he said. New York Post
They love Rihanna, but still hate each other. A festering beef between R&B singer Chris Brown and rapper Drake over their gorgeous ex-girlfriend exploded Thursday into a bloody, bottle-throwing melee inside a packed Manhattan club. Drake, accompanied by a menacing 15-member entourage, incited the predawn brawl by rejecting Brown’s peace offering — a $2,000 bottle of Ace of Spades champagne — and sending back an incendiary note, police sources said. New York Daily News
Stars including Mary J. Blige, Fabolous and hoopsters Tony Parker of the Spurs and Iman Shumpert of the Knicks were among those at the bash before the fight. Revelers hoisted pricey bottles of champagne in the air. Each bottle was adorned with sprinklers. New York Daily News
French-speaking BDL readers can check out video of a sunglasses-sporting Parker explaining the ocular occurrence at a Friday press conference, thanks to Magana300M (via Nigel D at RealTalk NY). The rest of us can check out this translation from Reuters' Gregory Blachier: The three-time NBA champion said he got some shards of glass in his left eye during the incident on Wednesday. "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 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," he added. Yahoo! Sports
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