In case you haven’t been following the Drake vs. Chris Brown feud, the narrative stemming from their brawl at W.i.P nightclub in NYC last year is now growing. Spurs guard Tony Parker’s lawsuit against the nightclub has been revised to include Brown’s recent outburst against singer Frank Ocean over a parking spot (come on now, we’ve all been there). Parker mentioning this story in his lawsuit, in addition to Brown’s 2009 beating of his girlfriend Rihanna, helps his case against the club by showing it was negligent in allowing Brown into the club without adequate security. Parker’s lawsuit is based on the fact that it was foreseeable that a fight may break out by not only allowing Brown and Drake into the club, but placing them in VIP booths close to each other. By providing further evidence that Brown is a violent person, Parker has strengthened his case, putting more pressure on the owners of the nightclub to settle.
In addition, Brown and Drake are being sued by a French (male) model named Romain Julien for injuries he sustained during the fight (turns out there is more to life than being really really good looking). In response, Brown and Drake are suing each other, the first time they are going after each other in court. In effect, if Julien wins his lawsuit, a judge will have to decide whether Brown or Drake is responsible for paying up.
Briefly, the lawsuits by Brown and Drake against each other are called crossclaims and are allowed under Rule 13(g) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Basically, the suit between the defendants must “arise out of the transaction or occurrence” the original claim was based on. In this case it’s not too complicated; Julien is suing for injuries sustained in the fight and Drake and Brown are suing each other saying the other caused the fight in which Julien was injured. It may be difficult to substantiate who started the fight because witnesses are limited and even if enough witnesses are found, their stories can be called into question on a number of factors including how dark the nightclub was and how much they had to drink that night. The court may choose to apply the rule of comparative negligence which would allocate the amount of damages between Brown and Drake in proportion to how responsible each was in causing the injury to Julien.
Here’s some advice for all parties involved: Grow Up.