Saturday June 16, 2012

NEW YORK -- Singer Chris Brown, his girlfriend, model Karrueche Tran, and his bodyguard were injured when a dance floor showdown with members of hip-hop star Drake’s entourage turned into a bottle-hurling brawl earl Thursday at a nightclub, police said.

A representative for Drake said the star was on his way out of the club when the altercation began.

Witnesses told police that two men approached Brown’s table and asked him whether he had a problem with Drake, and he replied he did not. Later, as Brown was leaving the club, five men blocked his way on the dance floor and started taking off their shirts and yelling, police said.

At some point during the face-off, bottles started flying. Chief NYPD spokes man Paul Browne said it’s not clear whether the bottles were tossed by members of either entourage, or if bar patrons eager to egg on a dispute started throwing them.

Five bystanders also suffered cuts during the fight at the club W.i.P. in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, police said. Brown’s bodyguard suffered a more serious cut to the head, but all the victims were released from the hospital later Thursday.

No arrests have been made and no complaints filed, police said.

Neither star was on scene when police arrived around 4 a.m. Thursday. It’s not clear what prompted the fight. Both Brown and Drake at one time dated singer Rihanna.