EXCLUSIVEJust because Drake was present during a bloody nightclub brawl in NYC ... does NOT mean he should be blamed for the backlash of bad press directed at the club next door ... this according to new legal docs.
As TMZ previously reported ... Drake was sued by Entertainment Enterprises for $16 million. EE claimed its rep took a HUGE dive after that crazy fight (which also involved Chris Brown) at W.i.P nightclub back in June.
FYI -- EE does NOT own W.i.P, but has a HUGE financial stake in another nightclub (called Greenhouse) located in the same building ... and says it lost millions due to the bad press.
Now Drake is firing back ... arguing he CAN'T be held responsible for how the media portrayed either club in the news -- and claims Greenhouse's rep was in the toilet looooooong before he set foot through the door.
Specifically, the rapper says the NY Times has described the club as having "a history of violence and other problems."
Not only that, he says the club was almost shut down back in 2011 by the NYPD ... and had its liquor license previously suspended due to "a string of violent incidents."
Drake is asking a judge to dismiss the case.