- Last Updated: 4:36 PM, June 26, 2012
- Posted: 4:35 PM, June 26, 2012
ALBANY - The state is shutting down the trendy SoHo nightclub where Drake and Chris Brown had a bloody throw-down over Rihanna.
The State Liquor Authority, which filed 14 charges last Friday against W.I.P. — and the Greenhouse club where it’s located — plans to announce today that it is suspending the license of the club at 150 Varick Street in Manhattan.
Authority board members voted at a special meeting today.
The emergency suspension follows a string of violent incidents reported to the SLA by the New York City Police Department documenting seven separate assaults and altercations beginning March 11 and leading up to the big brawl on June 14.
The SLA’s charges also involve drug activity inside the club, lack of supervision, becoming a drain on police resources, and using the name “W.I.P.” without the authorization of the SLA.
“The SLA will not tolerate violent bars that break the law,” said SLA Chairman Dennis Rosen. “This should serve as a message that this agency will not hesitate to take immediate action when licensees pose a threat to public health and safety.”
Club reps could not be reached for immediate comment.
The bloody June 14 bottle brawl started when Drake allegedly sent Brown a note, taunting the hip-hop star by saying, “I am f--king the love of your life.”
The nightclub on Varick Street has been previously charged with selling alcohol to minors, violating noise and fire ordinances and having an unlicensed security guard on the premises.
In one incident, on Sept. 26, 2010, a security guard sold marijuana to an undercover agent, records show.
The same guard — who was openly smoking a blunt — said he also had cocaine for sale, but he tricked the officer with a closed package that contained only weed.
Earlier this month, the hip-hop stars and their entourages fought with fists and bottles, injuring at least eight people — including Brown, his bodyguard, “Big Pat,” who suffered a gaping head wound, and NBA star Tony Parker.
The San Antonio Spurs guard, whose cornea was scratched, has filed a $20 million lawsuit against the club’s owners, charging that they should have known better than to let the dangerous duo hang out in close proximity.
Parker’s lawyer has said offering bottle services to both hip-hop camps at the same time is like “throwing gasoline on the flames.” The suit does not name Brown or Drake.
Witnesses and sources said the brawl was fueled by Drake’s note at about 4 a.m., which came after Brown, 23, sent his rival’s table a bottle of pricey champagne.
Brown threw the note on the floor, a witness said.
Drake, 25, and a posse that included rapper Meek Mill and all their bodyguards then walked over to the table where a shirtless Brown was seated.
The club is entitled to an expedited hearing on the license suspension before an administrative law judge.