Brown rep says star was victim of ‘brutal attack’

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NEW YORK (AP) - Representatives for Chris Brown say the hip hop star, his girlfriend and other friends were the victims of a “brutal attack” at a Manhattan nightclub.

Police say five people suffered injuries in the fight at club W.i.P. among members of Brown’s and Drake’s entourages. It’s not clear what prompted the fight.

Brown is cooperating with New York City police.

A representative for Drake says the hip hop star was on his way out of the club and didn’t do anything wrong.

No arrests have been made.

Both Brown and Drake dated singer Rihanna, but Brown remains on supervised probation for beating her in 2009.

Brown tweeted a photo of himself with a cut chin, then later removed it, as well as other messages about the fight, including epithets and taunts.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

New York City police investigated a report Thursday of a bar brawl involving hip-hop stars Drake and Chris Brown and their entourages in which bottles flew and five people were injured.

Brown tweeted a photo of himself with a cut chin, then later removed it, as well as other messages about the fight, including epithets and taunts.

Five people were injured during the fight at the club W.i.P. (Work in Progress) in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood early Thursday, police said. A 25-year-old man suffered a serious cut to the head, two other men and two women suffered minor cuts. At least three were hospitalized.

Police were looking at surveillance footage and talking to patrons who witnessed the melee. No arrests have been made and no complaints filed.

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.

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

“He did not engage in any activity which resulted in injury to person or damage to property,” according to the written statement.

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