Brown, girlfriend and bodyguard injured in brawl
This combination of 2012 and 2011 file photos shows hip hop stars Chris Brown, left, and Drake. New York City police investigated a report Thursday, June 14, 2012 of a bar brawl involving hip-hop stars Drake and Chris Brown and their entourages in which bottles flew and five people were injured. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, Chris Pizzello)
NEW YORK (AP) — Singer Chris Brown, his girlfriend and his bodyguard were injured when a dance floor showdown with members of hip-hop star Drake's entourage turned into a bottle-hurling brawl earl Thursday at a nightclub, police said.
Brown tweeted a photo of himself with a cut chin, then later removed it, as well as other messages about the fight, including epithets and taunts. A representative later released a statement saying the singer and his girlfriend, model Karrueche Tran, were victims of a "brutal attack."
A representative for Drake said the star was on his way out of the club when the altercation began.
"He did not engage in any activity which resulted in injury to person or damage to property," according to the statement.
Witnesses told police that two men approached Brown's table and asked him whether he had a problem with Drake, and he replied he did not. Later, as Brown was leaving the club, five men met blocked his way on the dance floor and started taking off their shirts and yelling, police said.
At some point during the face-off, bottles started flying. Chief NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said it's not clear whether the bottles were tossed by members of either entourage, or if bar patrons eager to egg on a dispute started throwing them.
Five bystanders, four women and a man, also suffered cuts during the fight at the club W.i.P. in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood, police said. Brown's bodyguard suffered a more serious cut to the head, but all the victims were released from the hospital later Thursday.
Police were looking for surveillance footage and talking to patrons who witnessed the melee. No arrests have been made and no complaints filed, and no one has identified any one person as an assailant, police said.
In this Feb. 26, 2012 photo, singer Chris Brown sits on the sidelines during the second half of the NBA All-Star basketball game in Orlando, Fla. New York City police are investigating an early morning Manhattan bar brawl involving hip hop stars Drake and Chris Brown. Police say five people were injured in the fight at club W.I.P. early Thursday, June 14, 2012, where people from both entourages were tossing bottles. Police say the injuries were mostly minor lacerations.(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
"Chris and his party are cooperating with NY authorities who are pursuing this incident further," Brown's representatives said in a statement.
Neither star was on scene when police arrived around 4 a.m. Thursday. It's not clear what prompted the fight. Both Brown and Drake at one time dated singer Rihanna.
Brown spoke with police Thursday; Drake, who was scheduled to perform at Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center Thursday night in upstate New York, said he was unable to and would do so at a more convenient time with his attorney.