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Report: Drake to Be Charged in Club Fight

'Drake was the instigator, and there is evidence he threw glassware,' says Chris Brown's lawyer

June 16, 2012 10:33 AM ET
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Drake performs at MEN Arena in Manchester, England.
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Update: The NYPD tells MTV that they have no current plans to arrest Drake and that the investigation is ongoing.

Drake could be charged with reckless endangerment over his early Thursday morning fight with Chris Brown at a nightclub, the New York Post reports.

A witness reportedly told the police that Drake threw a bottle during the scuffle, which broke out at around 4 a.m. between his entourage and Brown's at the SoHo club W.I.P. There are several conflicting reports as to what caused the fight, including an alleged argument over Rihanna. Five people were injured in the melee, including NBA star Tony Parker, and Brown received a cut on the chin. A spokesman for the NYPD also said that witnesses reported hearing gunshots inside the club during the scuffle, though no one seems to have seen the weapon.

"I have turned over evidence that it was Drake who instigated this. The evidence makes it clear that Chris is the victim in all of this," Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos, told the Post. "I believe the police are building a case against Drake and his thugs. Clearly, Drake was the instigator, and there is evidence he threw glassware."

A representative for Drake issued a statement on Thursday denying the rapper's involvement in the fight. "Drake did not participate in any wrongdoing of any kind last night at W.I.P. He was on his way out of the club when the altercation began. [Drake] did not engage in any activity which resulted in injury to person or damage to property." 

According to the Post, if Drake doesn't agree to surrender by early next week, he could be arrested during his performance at Jones Beach tonight. 

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