The entertainment company owns Greenhouse, the New York nightclub next door to the smaller W.i.P., where Drake and Brown's entourages engaged in a bloody bottle battle last June. Entertainment Enterprises hoped the judge would rule the musicians responsible for the financial hit Greenhouse took in the wake of the incident.
However, New York Supreme Court Judge Anil Singh ruled Entertainment Enterprises had no grounds to sue because the musicians have no direct responsibility to the club not to fight, TMZ reported.
"Unfortunately, brawls in bars and night clubs are commonplace," Singh told Brown and Drake's lawyers. "In fact, they occurred in the past at Greenhouse."
Before the judge rendered his verdict, Drake announced that it's not his fault that the media reported the incident so heavily that potential patrons may have avoided the club after the brawl took place.
Eight people were reportedly cut in the scuffle, including San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker, who required surgery for an eye injury caused by broken glass and filed his own $20 million lawsuit as a result. An Australian tourist required 16 stitches for cuts to her face and head.
The bottle flinging reportedly took place because Drake dated singer Rihanna after she split with Brown in 2009 following a well-publicized incident of domestic violence. At the time, Brown was arrested and released on $50,000 bail. He avoided a prison sentence by serving 180 hours of community service, and early this year hooked back up with Rihanna.
"Two rappers fighting over the woman," Drake told GQ last month, regretting the cliched aspect of the incident. "He's not even a rapper, but still, it's the last way you want your name out there."
Drake's attorney Harry Steinberg asked the judge to hold Greenhouse responsible for his client's legal bills, which are in the six figures, but Singh refused the request, the New York Daily News reported.
Despite the lawsuit dismissal, Brown and Drake aren't about to break bread. "I wish we could sit down and talk it out man to man, but that’s not gonna happen," Drake told GQ. "I'm not confrontational, but if someone challenges me, I'm not going to back down… If I think about it too much, I feel it wrapping around my foot, like I get a feeling it could end really badly."
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