NBA star Tony Parker— who was injured in a free-for-all bottle-throwing melee at a Manhattan nightclub— has filed a $20 million lawsuit against the club operators for negligence in security and supervision.
The San Antonio Spurs guard got caught in the middle of rap stars Drake and Chris Brown's brawl— provoked by their love-triangle relationship with singer Rihanna— at the Soho hot spot W.i.P last week. The object of their affection was not at the club that night.
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 at the scene where seven others— including Brown and his girlfriend— were injured. The club has since been shut down.
Parker's lawyer, David Jaroslawicz, blamed the club for knowingly allowing the two men, who have both dated the singer, into the club and creating a volatile atmosphere.
"The defendants were reckless, careless and negligent in permitting Drake's and Brown's entourage to be in the same club at the same time despite knowing the tension between the two," the filing says.
"She's been known, like Helen of Troy, to cause trouble," said Jaroslawicz about Rihanna.
Neither Brown or Drake were named in the suit but blame each other for instigating the Trojan War.
Jaroslawicz said selling booze with bottle service is like "throwing gasoline on the flames."
The suit says Parker wasn't sitting with either side but has said he was "with my friend Chris Brown" when the fight began.
"Me and my friends took some punches," said Parker. "They started throwing bottles everywhere."
Parker was preparing to play with the French team at the London Games this summer but said he'll be sidelined for a week as his eye heals with the aid of a "therapeutic" contact lens.
"I'll be missing the the start of the French team because I can't do anything for a week except keep the lens in and then take drops," he said.