Days after the melee at WIP, the NY Post has learned that Drake is now facing reckless endangerment charges. If he doesn’t surrender to authorities, he may be arrested at his concert tonight at Jones Beach. MTV caught up with label boss Birdman down in Atlanta, and he insists Drizzy did nothing wrong. We’ll see how this plays out. Be’lee dat.
UPDATE: NYPD says no arrests are imminent and that the “investigation is ongoing.”
Drake was set to take the stage at Jones Beach Saturday night under suspicion he instigated a bottle-throwing club brawl with rival rapper Chris Brown.
But he didn’t appear worried Friday night, dining with an entourage of 12 at the lower East Side restaurant, Sons of Essex.
“They were really laid back and chill, having a good time,” said a source who saw Drake and his posse at the Essex St. eatery.
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“He [Drake] only drank water. He seemed to be in a good mood. No one bothered them,” the observer said, adding that Drake and his pals got to the restaurant about 11:30 p.m. and didn’t leave until about 2:30 a.m.
Police continued to review security video taken of the early Thursday melee at W.i.P. in SoHo that left Brown with a cut chin, NBA star Tony Parker with a scratched cornea and other club-goers with stitches.
“They are clearly focusing on [Drake],” a source familiar with the NYPD investigation told the Daily News Saturday.
The source said cops were out tracking down witnesses to support claims Drake, 25, set off the club fracas in a dispute with Brown over sexy singer Rihanna, whom they’ve both dated.
But an NYPD source dismissed media reports that Drake would soon be arrested if he didn’t make arrangements to turn himself in.
“You don’t make an appointment to get arrested,” the police source told The News. “If we were going to arrest him we’d go out and get him.”
As Drake prepares to perform at Jones Beach, the New York State Police are planning to beef up security for the Long Island concert in response to the club fight, a law enforcement source told TMZ.com.
Meanwhile, Rihanna, who finds herself in the middle of the controversy even though she was not at the club when the fight broke up, dined out with friends Friday night at Da Silvano in the West Village. She refused to discuss the nightclub shenanigans when asked about it by paparazzi.
Brown, who was checked into the Trump SoHo Hotel Saturday, was also keeping a low profile.
Following the brawl, which left at least eight people injured, Brown tweeted a photo of his face sporting a gash on his chin that needed stitches.
But Saturday, Brown only tweeted “Happy BDAY 2pac” on what would have been the 41st birthday Tupac Shakur, who was gunned down in 1996.
Club W.i.P. was back to full swing early Saturday, packed with club-goers, some who waited in line for nearly an hour to entered.
The nightclub was so busy, bouncers turned people away.
“It’s very, very tight tonight,” a bouncer the Vandam St. hot spot told rejected partiers. “Not gonna happen tonight guys, please clear the area.”