Did somebody try to catch a body for real? This Drake and Breezy business may be even more serious than we previously thought.
Bullets as well as bottles may have been flying at Manhattan hotspot where a mad melee erupted over Rihanna, police said Friday.
“We are investigating the possibility of gunshots fired at the club,” NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said. “We have several eyewitnesses telling detectives they heard what they believed to be shots fired during the disturbance. We have several witnesses who said they heard a sound they believed was a gunshot.”
So far, however, cops have no ballistics to back up the claims, sources said. Meanwhile Rihanna hit the 40/40 club Thursday night seemingly unaware of what all the fuss was about.
Meanwhile, police arrested the manager of the joint upstairs from W.I.P. club in SoHo, where the fierce fracas between the posses of rapper Drake and R&B singer Chris Brown took place early Thursday.
Jonathan Cantor, 46, of Livingston, N.J., was busted after police responding to neighbors complaining about the noise at his club, Greenhouse, discovered he had two outstanding warrants, they said.
Cantor was charged with a minor noise violation and jailed for the warrants. It was not immediately clear what Cantor was wanted for.
As police probed the bloody violence, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn called for an emergency meeting with the NYPD and representatives of the “nightlife industry” to find ways to prevent patrons from using liquor bottles as weapons.
Five of the people hurt in the early Thursday battle were injured by broken glass after clubgoers began hurling bottles and bashing each other with them.
“The purpose of this meeting is to send a clear message to all nightclub patrons that bottles cannot be used as weapons,” Quinn said.
So far Cantor and the club have been mum about every aspect of the fight, which left Brown with a chunk of skin missing from his chin, his bodyguard with his head split open, and an Australian tourist needing 16 stitches to close the gash in her head.
But police are likely to use Cantor’s legal woes as leverage to pry out information
Brown, his girlfriend and injured bodyguard have been questioned by police, but the singer — apparently fearful of being labeled a snitch — is now insisting he never saw Drake inside the club.
This despite Brown’s tweets after the brouhaha in which he directed insults at Drake for “Throwing bottles at girls” and “hiding in the bathroom.”
Those Tweets and the photo of Brown’s battered chin were later removed.
RDrake’s rep has issued a statement insisting that the hip-hop star “did not participate in any wrongdoing of any kind.” He has not yet been questioned by police.
Police are continuing to review security video from the club and its ID entrance system that logs the name of every guest. They have not yet charged anybody with a crime.
Also, a Long Island lawyer named Steven Gaitman was the first out of the box with the announcement that he is suing the club and the warring posses on behalf of Howard Clement of Brooklyn, who said he was hurt in the fight.
Gaitman gave few details about his client or how he was hurt.
“As far as the extent of his injury, Howard is seeking medical attention and we decline to comment further at this time,” said Gaitman, whose past clients include a Port Authority cop who claimed 9/11 trauma made him videotape an 11-year-old girl taking a shower.
The festering feud between Brown, 23, who is on probation for beating songstress Rihanna, and Drake, 25, who dated Rihanna after she dumped Brown, erupted into open warfare Thursday in the packed club.
It began after Drake, who arrived with a 15-member entourage, rejected a peace offering from Brown — a $2,000 bottle of Ace of Spades champagne.
The rejection was accompanied by a nasty note, police sources said.
It read: “I’m still f—— Rihanna.”
Witnesses said Drake, who was sitting on the other side of the club, also flipped the bird at Brown.
Minutes later, the witnesses said, five members of Drake’s crew peeled off their shirts and went after Brown, who had been partying with his model-girlfriend Karrueche Tran and his posse.
Brown was reportedly punched in the face and cracked with a bottle. Cops said he tried to leave, but Drake’s peeps blocked his path.
More bottles began flying like missiles through the club, showering partygoers with glass shards.
Aussie Megan Cassidy, 23, took one to the head and was knocked unconscious.
Cops were summoned by a 911 call made at 4:16 a.m. Thursday. By the time they got there, the club was in shambles — and both Brown and Drake were gone.
Somebody is gonna have to pay for this. Who do you think it’s gonna cost the most? Our bets are on Breezy.