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A rep for Chris Brown is claiming that the singer, his girlfriend Karrueche Tran and their friends were all victims of a “brutal attack” in the brawl that erupted with Drake and his entourage at club WIP in New York City.

“Chris, Karrueche and his friends were victims of a brutal attack,” the Brown statement read. “They sustained several injuries.”

Chris Brown’s bodyguard Big Pat was one of the most severely injured, having sustained a vicious gash on his head. Breezy tweeted the following:

Jeff Robinson, speaking for Brown’s camp, told CNN, “Chris and his party are cooperating with New York authorities who are pursuing this incident further.”

Meanwhile, Drake’s rep told CNN: “Drake did not participate in any wrongdoing of any kind last night at W.i.P. He 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.”

Legendary hip-hip exec Russell Simmons said he planned to speak with both Drake and Chris Brown about the brawl.

“I fight every single day to bury beefs, and I will call Drake and Chris to bury theirs,” Simmons said in a statement.

TMZ is reporting that Drake’s middle finger triggered the violent episode:

We’re told the tension started building when Drake gave the middle finger to one of Chris’ bodyguards and shouted … “I’m about to go whoop that ass!” Chris’ entourage then returned fire with a few hand gestures of their own.

Witnesses — who were very close to the action — tell us that Drake felt disrespected … even though he started the exchange … and went to get backup from his boys Meek MillJuelz Santana, and Trav B.

At this point, we’re told Drake got loud and shouted at Chris … “You be on that ho s**t on Twitter n***a” — a clear reference to a recent Twitter war between Chris, Drake, and Meek … all over who’s banging Rihanna.

Moments later we’re told Chris’ security guards got irate, pushing and shoving began between Meek, Juelz and Chris’ posse — and you know the rest.

Watch as Chris Brown, Drake, Meek Mill, Trey Songz and others spill out into the NYC streets after the brawl

Drake is rushed out of the club by security after the brawl

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