Chris Brown’s Bodyguard Hasn’t Settled In Brawl With Drake

Chris Brown is knocking down one violent-related case at a time, but it seems like there’s one that still goes unsettled. The club brawl that was started between Chris Brown and Drake at a club in SoHo happened in 2012, but it’s still unresolved as Brown’s bodyguard is now the final person to not settle.

Brown’s bodyguard, Patrick Strickland, 44, is holding out in a case that saw the club’s owners sued for its security company.

According to the New York Post “Lawyers representing the defendants declined to comment other than to say the settlement was confidential.”

Patrick Strickland came to Chris Brown’s defense in the June 13 brawl at the Varick Street club. Because of that Brown’s bodyguard needed 25 stitches after someone bashed a bottle of vodka over his head. Other high profiled people that settled the case was NBA star Tony Park, who was hit in the eye with shards of glass.

In total ten people were injured in the 2012 brawl between Chris Brown and Drake.

The fight happened over Brown’s ex Rihanna, who previously brought Chris up on charges of domestic abuse after she was left bloodied by Brown’s fist in a 2009 dispute.

Drake, who at the time was involved with Rihanna, sent a bottle of alcohol to Brown, and made a server pass a note to the singer, that read, “I am f—ing the love of your life.” The rest, as they say, was history.

Before both singers settled, the SoHo club was suing Brown and Drake for $16 million. Club owner Jon Bakhshi claimed that “the business was now associated with the kind of violent, life-threatening riot engaged in by [Brown and Drake], and that they were now worthless.”

The club also claimed that Drake and Chris Brown arrived to the “sister club” W.i.P. with an entourage of “at least 15 heavily built men trained and/or experienced in hand-to-hand and weapons combat.”

Even though the two settled the fight, Chris Brown and Drake answered each other in a few response songs. The most recent exchange was by Chris Brown on Young Jeezy’s “R.I.P.” track. On the track he reference’s Drake’s popular song “Started from the Bottom.”

“Dearly departed, I bought a plane I departed / And if you started from the bottom, go on and come out the closet.”

Drake responded with his new single “5 AM in Toronto”:

“I’m just being frank with you / I mean, where you think she at when she ain’t with you? A couple albums dropped, those are still on the shelf / I bet them s–ts would have popped if I was willing to help.”

It’s safe to say no one really wins in this case.

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