Jimmy Fallon managed to escape unharmed after he was reportedly caught up in a bar fight in New York City on Thursday night.
The Tonight Show host is said to have joined a group of friends and colleagues for a post-work outing at Manhattan bar Niagara when a brawl broke out among other patrons.
Jimmy Fallon and his group were caught up in the chaos, but managed to escape without injury, according to the New York Post.
Jimmy Fallon is said to have joined a group of friends and colleagues for a post-work outing at Manhattan bar Niagara when a brawl broke out among other patrons (photo NBC)
“Fallon was pretty shaken up,” a source close to him told the New York Daily News.
“He was at the wrong place at the wrong time, and chaos erupted around him.”
The popular rock club in East Village is operated by area musicians, including solo artist Jesse Malin and Johnny “T” Yerrington, who has drummed with Ryan Adams’ band. The grungy Avenue A hot spot is marked by an exterior mural of former Clash front man Joe Strummer with the caption “The future is unwritten”.
A source close to Jimmy Fallon, 39, said he stopped by Niagara just as a band was wrapping up and the fight was breaking out.
A witness said Jimmy Fallon was peripherally involved in the 10:30 p.m. imbroglio, but his connection to the combatants, if any, remained unclear.
Big Pat, Chris Brown’s bodyguard, has accused Drake of sending an offensive note before their brawl at Soho’s W.i.P nightclub in a new lawsuit.
Big Pat, 43, real name Patrick Strickland, is suing Drake and the W.i.P nightclub over the nasty head cut he suffered when the melee kicked off in New York last June.
He claims the nightspot is responsible for his injury because it sat chris Brown and Drake’s entourages near each other, even though workers there knew they were feuding over Rihanna.
According to the New York Daily News, Big Pat refers to Drake as “a popular and successful, albeit critically derided, entertainer” in legal papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Big Pat, who is suing for unspecified damages, claims the club’s seating arrangements created “a substantial and unjustifiable risk that a mass altercation would occur between the two camps”.
Chris Brown’s bodyguard also alleges the club over-served Drake and his cohorrts, and had an employee hand Brown a note from Drake that read: “I’m f*****g the love of your life.”
Big Pat, Chris Brown’s bodyguard, has accused Drake of sending an offensive note before their brawl at Soho’s W.i.P nightclub in a new lawsuit
This allegedly led to a “verbal altercation” which escalated into a “massive bar brawl that involved bottle throwing, possible gunshots and a general state of riot and disorder”.
Contemporary reports said Big Pat was hit in the head and required stitches, and the suit says he endured “severe and disfiguring injuries to his face, head and eyes”.
The suit, which also names W.i.P.’s sister club Greenhouse and various parties associated with the party spots, is the latest in a string of legal actions relating to the incident.
The saga is becoming every more complicated, and last month it emerged the owners of the nightclub are arguing Chris Brown and Drake should be the ones to pay any damages to NBA player Tony Parker, another person who was caught in the crossfire.
Eva Longoria’s ex-husband is one of several people claiming they were injured in the brawl and filed a $20 million lawsuit against the club soon after.
Tony Parker claims he suffered a corneal laceration to his left eye among other injuries, and is seeking $20 million in damages.
The W.i.P’s owners, who are facing several suits, filed documents last week in New York saying Tony Parker should be pursing Chris Brown and Drake instead because they “contributed to, instigated, participated and/or engaged” in the brawl.
They want any and all damages awarded to the San Antonio Spurs player to come from Chris Brown and Drake, though it is still be decided what they should be as the case is still pending.
This is despite Tony Parker not naming Drake or Chris Brown in court documents hedged against owners of W.i.P.
It was previously reported Chris Brown and Drake are now suing each other over the incident.
Previous court documents indicate neither party is claiming responsibility for the fracas on June 14 last year, in the event a third party wins a suit filed against both men for damages suffered as a result over the fracas.
It has also been revealed French model Romain Julien filed suit against both Chris Brown and Drake, real name Aubrey Drake Graham, in August 2012 after sustaining injuries in the fight, which saw bottles flying between entourages at the club.
Romain Julien claims he suffered a severed tendon in his right hand, lacerations, a cosmetic deformity and mental distress as a result of the incident.
Newly-obtained filings show both Drake, 26, and Chris Brown, 23, are asking a judge to blame the event on each other to avoid having to deliver on a potentially large payday should Romain Julien win the suit.
It would mark the first time Chris Brown and Drake have sued one another.
Last November police revealed they had no plans to file criminal charges over the incident after concluding their investigation.
It is believed Chris Brown – who is still on probation for assaulting Rihanna in 2009 – sent a bottle of champagne to Drake’s table as a peace offering but it was returned with a note reading: “I’m f*****g the love of your life, deal with it.”
The gesture is then thought to have angered Chris Brown and resulted in him confronting Drake, who allegedly threw a punch at his rival, leading to a brawl breaking out.
Two other women who claim they were injured in the incident have filed suit.
Club owners at W.i.P also have pending litigation against Drake and Chris Brown.
A bottle-throwing brawl reportedly took place between hip hop stars Chris Brown and Drake in W.i.P nightclub in Manhattan in the early hours of Thursday.
Now police are investigating whether shots were fired during the fight.
Witnesses told the NYPD they heard a gun go off amid the ruckus in the early hours of Thursday, although none said they saw the weapon.
“We are investigating the possibility of gunshots fired at the club,” NYPD spokesman Paul Browne told the New York Daily News.
“We have several eyewitnesses telling detectives they heard what they believed to be shots fired during the disturbance.”
Witnesses claimed the brawl – which saw at least five people hospitalized – came after Chris Brown and Drake scrapped over their former flame, singer Rihanna.
On Thursday night, Chris Brown’s lawyer reportedly gave detectives “physical evidence” allegedly proving Drake was involved in the fight – even though the hip hop artist said he had been outside.
Lawyer Mark Geragos went to the NYPD late on Thursday night to present evidence showing that Drake was one of the aggressors, law enforcement sources have claimed.
Chris Brown is also reportedly being treated as a “witness and victim” rather than a suspect in the melee, which turned the New York City nightclub, W.i.P, into a war zone.
He spoke to detectives about the incident late on Thursday night, yet Drake has not.
There have been conflicting reports about what happened at the SoHo nightspot.
Witnesses claimed the two recording stars started fighting after Chris Brown sent Drake a bottle of champagne as a peace offering – which was promptly snubbed by Drake.
He reportedly sent the bottle back with a note: “I’m f****** the love of your life, deal with it.”
Chris Brown, 23, dated Rihanna until she dumped him after he savagely beat her in 2009. After their breakup, Rihanna was romantically linked with rapper Drake.
The New York Police Department is investigating the fight.
A spokesman said investigators believe Chris Brown, his bodyguard and a woman with him were trying to leave the club about 4:00 a.m. when they were confronted by five members of Drake’s posse.
As they were squaring off, someone – police don’t know who yet – threw a bottle.
Drake, whose real name is Aubrey Drake Graham, was not in the group that confronted Chris Brown, said NYPD Lt. John Grimple.
One of the club-goers caught in the middle of the fracas was Hollie C., an Australian tourist who was rushed to Bellevue Hospital after she was smashed in the head with a flying bottle during the fight.
A gruesome photo shows a gash in her head and her face covered with blood. She needed 16 stitches to close the wound.
Hollie C. told TMZ.com she went to W.i.P. with friends on Wednesday night, unaware they were sitting in between two angry rappers and their entourages. Suddenly, all hell broke loose.
“Within a few moments of noticing glass being thrown around, I saw a glass bottle headed towards me, consequently hitting me in the head,” she told TMZ.
“I immediately started to bleed and proceeded to fall in and out of consciousness.”
She was one of eight people treated as a result of the fight. Hollie C. and four others had nothing to do with the bar brawl.
Tony Parker, the French basketball player who was once married to actress Eva Longoria, also claimed he was hurt during the fight.
“I was quietly with my friends when a fight broke out. Bottles started flying everywhere. I tried to protect my girlfriend and I got everything,” Tony Parker told French website Direct Star.
“The cornea is affected. I cannot do anything for seven days. Wear a therapeutic contact lens and I get drops. I was lucky, that I almost had to get stitches.”
Chris Brown posted a picture of a gash on his chin, apparently sustained from the fight with Drake
Big Pat, Chris Brown’s bodyguard, was photographed laying in a hospital bed with a bloody wound on his head. He was seen out in Manhattan on Thursday with the cut visible on his head.
Chris Brown was also injured. He posted a picture of a gash on his chin, apparently sustained from the fight with Drake. His female companion was also hurt.
In the wake of the horrific injuries, the New York City Council has called for an emergency meeting with nightclub owners and police to look into policies for selling bottled drinks.
City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn released a statement on Friday that read: “I am deeply concerned by reports of the bottle throwing melee that injured more than five people in SoHo this week.
“That is why I have immediately convened an emergency meeting next week between my office, the NYPD, and the nightlife industry.
“The purpose of this meeting is to send a clear message to all nightclub patrons that bottles cannot be used as weapons and to determine if the guidelines surrounding bottle service need to be updated or reworked.”
After Drake snubbed Chris Brown’s bottle of champagne, Brown reportedly flew into a rage and confronted Drake, according to website Global Grind.
Drake allegedly threw a punch but before the singer could retaliate, another man hit Chris Brown in the face with a bottle.
A source told the New York Post: “They were on opposite sides of the room, Drake went over to the middle of the club to talk to someone, then words were exchanged with Chris and his entourage.”
The source said someone from Drake’s entourage, possibly the singer himself, threw a bottle.
“Once the bottle was thrown, all hell broke loose and there were more bottles thrown.”
The fight allegedly kicked off as the last song was playing, just before 4:00 a.m.
Police were already at the scene because it was closing time and that they “were on it in seconds and began getting everyone out of the club”.
Pictures of the aftermath show the club floor strewn with broken glass.
Chris Brown was pulled out of the situation by his own security and helped out of the club while Drake was pulled to the back of the club, the source said. “[Drake] was one of the last out of W.i.P.”
Police were looking at surveillance footage and talking to patrons who witnessed the melee. No arrests have been made and no complaints filed.
In a separate incident, just a day after the brawl, the bar’s owner Jonathan Cantor was arrested after out-of-control music at his other venue, Greenhouse in SoHo, the New York Post reported.
Drake has denied he was involved in “any kind last night at W.i.P.”. His spokeswoman said in a statement: “He was on his way out of the club when the altercation began.”
Chris Brown and Drake have had a war of words since both being romantically attached to Rihanna. The fight will further fuel rumors regarding the closeness of Rihanna to Chris Brown.
Earlier this week the pair partied at the same club for the second time in as many days, leaving within minutes of each other.
TMZ reported the pair was in the club together for around 30 minutes and Chris Brown spent some time with Rihanna at her table.
Sitting in different booths, the couple still “kept a close eye on each other” – and Chris Brown sent her over two bottles of Ace of Spades Champagne.
A video surfaced earlier this week of the pair leaving the club minutes apart.
The lovelorn pair has been linked together several times already this year, after it emerged that they had recorded songs with each other.