The owner of SoHo nightclub housing two popular hotspots Greenhouse and W.i.P., where Chris Brown and Drake were involved in a nasty fight, files complaint against New York City after the club was shut down following the scuffle. The plaintiff claims the shut-down was "unnecessary and unlawful" and now it requests to reopen its doors.
In the legal papers released Monday, June 25 in Manhattan Supreme Court, the club's owner accuses the city of violating a March 2011 agreement requiring it to follow a certain procedure if it wished to close the Manhattan hotspots. The plaintiff says it loses $234,000 each week and deprives employees of their jobs following the closure.
"In balancing the equities and hardships in this matter, given the inception of the closure without notice having started on Saturday, June 16, 2012 and continuing, it is clear that the scales tip heavily in favor of Plaintiff with respect to the need for immediate restraint against defendant CITY," the owner states in the lawsuit.
The Manhattan popular venues were shut down for code violations following the arrest of manager Jonathan Cantor who had two outstanding arrest warrants against him. He was found to be in violation of the fire code and against alcohol beverage control when officers conducted a routine business inspection.
According to the New York City Law Department, the police department reached an agreement with the club after previous incidents that allowed it to get closed if there were new problems. The plaintiff's lawyer didn't immediately issue a statement when asked for comment.
In related news, celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman offered Chris and Drake $1 million to bring their fight to the ring for a pay-per-view charity event. "Obviously they have a grudge. It's just three 1-minute rounds. No one will get seriously hurt," he told New York Daily News. If the two stars agree, he wants to set it up in Las Vegas or Los Angeles on August 25.