Published June 22, 2012
This was not the kind of bottle service NBA star Tony Parker had in mind.
The San Antonio Spurs guard -- injured in the Chris Brown-Drake melee at a New York City nightclub -- filed a $20 million lawsuit against its owners Thursday, 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.
His lawyer, David Jaroslawicz, said the extent of Parker's wounds are not yet known but noted eye injuries "certainly don't improve your outside shot."
The suit does not name Brown or Drake, who have both dated Rihanna, as defendants but blames the club for creating the combustible combination.
"The defendants were reckless, careless and negligent in permitting Drake's entourage and Brown's entourage to be in the club at the same time despite known tension between the two," the filing says.
"She's been known, like Helen of Troy, to cause trouble," Jaroslawicz said of Rihanna.
Sources said Drake, 25, sent Brown into a rage when his table sent over note that read, "I am f------- 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 was the club's fault.
By selling both camps booze and giving them bottle service, "you're throwing gasoline on the flames," Jaroslawicz said. He said he had yet to see their bar tab, "but it's probably more than kids' tuition for the year."
The suit says Parker, ex-husband of actress Eva Longoria, was not sitting with either camp. But he has said he was "with my friend Chris Brown" when the problems started. "Me and my friends took some punches," Parker said. "They started throwing bottles everywhere," he said.
Parker, slated to play with the French team at the London Olympics, said he will be sidelined for a week as he heals with the aid of a "therapeutic" contact lens.
A representative for the club declined to comment.