SoHo clubs penalized after Drake, Chris Brown fight
Chris Brown and Drake may have gotten off scot-free for their dispute about Rihanna in a city club last summer, but the nightlife spot where bottles were thrown didn’t get away so easily.
A Manhattan judge Tuesday approved a 10-day liquor license suspension for the SoHo sister venues WiP and Greenhouse. The owners will also have to pay a $10,000 fine, the New York Post reported.
Judge Geoffrey Wright pointed out the five disorderly conduct charges that the State Liquor Authority brought against the nightlife hotspots between May and June 2012, saying that they reveal a “disheartening consistency” of bad behavior unrelated to the rappers' fight that resulted in several injured patrons.
Barry Mullineaux and NBA player Larry Hughes, co-owners of Greenhouse and WiP, blamed the complaints on Jon Bakhshi, a former owner who sold his shares in the venues in 2011 while still holding trademark rights. However, Judge Wright said most of the charges were for incidents occurring last summer, after Bakhshi sold his stake.
Judge Wright allowed the club owners two days to appeal the decision, which comes a day after another NY judge dismissed a $16 million lawsuit filed by Bakhshi against rappers Brown and Drake for their damage to the clubs.