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Chris Brown and Drake fight: W.i.P. loses liquor license

Singer Chris Brown performs on NBC's "Today" show

Singer Chris Brown performs on NBC's "Today" show at Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan. (July 15, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

W.i.P., the lower-Manhattan club where a bottle-throwing brawl involved the entourages of singers Chris Brown and Drake, has lost its liquor license, as has the affiliated club Greenhouse in the same building.

State Liquor Authority chairman Dennis Rosen said in a statement: "The SLA will not tolerate violent bars that break the law. This should serve as a message that this agency will not hesitate to take immediate action when licensees pose a threat to public health and safety."

The clubs were shuttered on June 16 -- two days after the melee -- and lost their liquor licenses at an emergency SLA meeting Tuesday night, according to The Associated Press. W.i.P. (for Work in Progress) is a co-venture between Barry Mullineaux, who runs Greenhouse, and the arts organization Collective Hardware.

Before the fight, in which numerous patrons -- including Brown and San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker were injured -- there had been "a string of violent incidents" at W.i.P., SLA spokesman William Crowley said in a statement to CNN.

W.i.P. faces charges on 17 Alcoholic Beverage Control Law violations involving drug activity in the club and other allegations.

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