says he WILL NOT press charges against Chris Brown
after last week's parking lot brawl.
Frank wrote a post on his Tumblr page to explain his decision, saying, "As a child I thought if someone jumped me it would result in me murdering or mutilating a man. But as a man I am not a killer."
He continued, "I’ll choose sanity. No criminal charges. No civil lawsuit. Forgiveness, albeit difficult, is wisdom. peace, albeit trite, is what I want in my short life. Peace.”
As TMZ first reported, Frank and CB got into a physical altercation
last week outside a recording studio in L.A -- allegedly over a highly coveted parking spot.
You'll recall ... a witness on scene said CB threw the first punch and according to cops Chris was named as a suspect in the battery case. Sources close to Chris remained adamant Frank came at him.
may have some explaining to do ... for a guy who says he didn't do anything wrong in the brawl with Frank Ocean
... why is his punching hand in a cast?
Chris emerged from his house Tuesday in a hard cast over his right hand, covering his knuckles.
As we previously reported, Ocean claims his hand was also injured in the brawl at the famous Westlake Recording Studio in West Hollywood Sunday night -- the same place where Michael Jackson peacefully recorded "Bad."
Although we know Chris' version of events is that he did NOT throw the first punch, an eyewitness who spoke with TMZ says he initiated the attack with a swing.
It's worth noting ... no one has signed Chris' cast.
swears he didn't start Sunday night's violent brawl
with Frank Ocean
... and he's champing at the bit to tell cops what went down in the recording studio parking lot ...TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... Chris' lawyer, Mark Geragos
, has already contacted detectives and said the singer is ready, willing and able to give them the blow-by-blow, because he knows he did nothing wrong.
What's more ... sources say Geragos' team has surveillance video of the last part of the fight, and Chris is as clean as a whistle -- not throwing a single punch.
But here's the thing. We're told the video also clears Frank Ocean -- he never takes a swing at anyone. The fighting is between the two posses.
The video, however, is not the be-all and end-all, because it only captured the back end of the fight. The altercation began in the parking lot and no cameras were trained on the action. So it doesn't show who started it. The fight moved into the lobby, and that's where the camera captured the brawl.
Chris' account is radically different from a witness who claims Chris threw the first punch.
As for why Chris booked it before cops arrived, we're told Geragos gave him the strictest of instructions ... if he ever got in a situation where trouble was brewing, he MUST leave immediately.
threw the first punch in his brawl with Frank Ocean
... after Frank disrespected the singer in front of his boys ... an eyewitness tells TMZ.
According to someone who was on scene, Chris lost his cool in the parking lot of the famous Westlake Recording Studios in L.A. Sunday when Frank refused to shake his hand.
We're told Frank simply laughed at the gesture ... and Chris was so pissed he coldcocked Ocean and started an all-out war. As we first reported, Chris denies being the aggressor.
The fight quickly moved to the lobby of the studio ... and sources say the brawling posses demolished the place --"They managed to break almost everything in the room and scare all of the staff members working" says the witness.
We're told the receptionist called 911 ... and Chris booked it. As TMZ first reported, Frank stuck around for the cops ... and griped about how he felt "blindsided" by Chris.
One last thing -- we're told the parking situation at the recording studio is a serious hierarchy -- with the bigger artists taking the better spots ... and it's been that way for years. We're told Chris clearly felt he deserved the top spot ... and Frank disrespected him by taking it for himself.
UPDATE: 5:20 AM PT:
After the incident, Ocean tweeted "got jumped by chris and a couple guys. lol. i only wish everest [his dog] was there. cut my finger now I can't play w two hands at the grammys."
UPDATE 3:00 AM PT:
Cops say they will continue to investigate and want to speak with Chris Brown. They refer to Ocean as "the victim" because he's the one who stuck around and spoke with police. Ocean said the fight started over a parking space (how L.A.) and Brown punched him. There were 6 people involved in the fight.
UPDATE 10:45 PM PT:
Police have cleared the scene. We're told Chris Brown was not there when officers arrived -- but they did speak to Frank Ocean. At this point ... we're told no one wants to press charges, and no arrests have been made.
was involved in an all-out brawl with Frank Ocean
Sunday night, and sources connected with Chris insist Ocean started it.
Chris was at Westlake Studio in the L.A. area listening to one of the artists he represents. The sources say as Chris went to leave, Frank Ocean and his crew blocked Chris from leaving. The sources say Frank said, "This is my studio, this is my parking spot."
We're told Chris went to shake Frank's hand ... and that's when one of Frank's people attacked Chris. Sources connected with Chris say one of Chris' friends jumped in front and hit Frank's friend.
Sources connected with Chris say Frank then came at Chris ... Chris pushed him away and they started brawling.
The police were called and are on scene now.
Below is a photo of Chris Brown in the studio. It appears the photo was taken before the fight ... but uploaded to CB's Instagram account AFTER the skirmish.
Just 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.
will NOT face criminal charges stemming from their alleged involvement in a massive nightclub brawl this summer in NYC -- law enforcement sources tell TMZ, there just isn't enough evidence to move forward with the case.
According to law enforcement sources, the investigation into the bottle-smashing brawl at WIP nightclub on June 14th has been concluded and no criminal charges will be filed against Chris, Drake, or any member of their entourages.
There will be no further investigation.
Sources close to the investigation tell us, the surveillance video in the club was useless
because it was so dark and blurry -- and the interviews that were conducted by the NYPD were inconclusive.
As we reported, Chris suffered injuries to his face from a flying bottle during the insanity -- a bottle that was allegedly hurled from Drake's table. Several other people were bloodied up in subsequent projectile bottle attacks, including bodyguards and random clubgoers.
NBA star Tony Parker
has sued the club
over the incident, claiming his eye was injured as a result of the brawl. He's asking for $20 million in damages.
We contacted Drake's lawyer Blair Berk
who told us, "Drake was never even a suspect so it's no surprise."
is insane to think the people at W.i.P.
nightclub should've known about the "bad blood" between Chris Brown
BEFORE their infamous brawl ... this according to new legal docs filed by the club.
Parker had sued the club for $20 mil ... claiming it should pay for the damage he sustained when he took a shard of glass to the eye in the bottle-throwing melee back in June.
In his lawsuit, Parker claimed W.i.P. should have been aware of the "bad blood" between the two stars ... and never should have let them inside the establishment on that fateful night.
But now the nightclub is firing back, claiming Parker's got it all wrong ... because it's not the club's job to keep tabs on its patrons' personal lives -- so it can't be held responsible for not knowing about the beef.
Parker also claims the nightclub supplied booze to extremely intoxicated patrons, which helped fuel the brawl that led to the basketball player's injuries -- but the club says Parker's got no case ... so he can pound sand.
W.i.P. wants the lawsuit dismissed in its entirety. A judge has yet to rule.
is calling B.S. on the people suing him for allegedly instigating the bottle-throwing bloodfest at W.i.P. nightclub in NYC.
As we previously reported ... both Drake
and Brown have been sued by a company affiliated with the venue ... who claim the celebs ordered their goons to go to war because of their beef over Rihanna
TMZ spoke with a rep for Brown ... who spoke with Mark Geragos
(Chris Brown’s lawyer) ... who says, "It's a frivolous lawsuit."
Side note -- we've spoken with people directly involved with the situation who tell us neither Drake nor Chris laid a hand on each other during the melee.
are now a team -- both are defendants in a lawsuit just filed by people connected to the nightclub which was the site of the June 14th, bottle throwing, bloody brawl
Entertainment Enterprises Ltd., which has a financial stake in the NYC venue where the brawl went down, claims in the suit that both stars "shared a grudge against the other arising out of their romantic relationships with the same woman." In case you were vacationing under a rock ... it's Rihanna.
EEL claims in the suit -- obtained by the New York Post -- when Drake and Brown crossed paths, they "began to fight violently with each other."
The suit goes on ... "Each arrived with his own small army of bodyguards, 'security' personnel, employees, friends and other members of their entourage consisting of at least 15 heavily built men trained and/or experienced in hand-to-hand and weapons combat."
The lawsuit says both Drake and Chris each ordered their goons to take care of business.
The suit also credits the crews of both Drake and Chris with ingenuity, claiming they "fashioned deadly weapons out of whatever materials they could find, including glasses, alcohol bottles and furniture."
The suit asks for $16 million in damages.12:25 PM PT
-- Sources involved in the situation tell us ... neither Chris nor Drake laid a hand on each other during the brawl.
is still feeling the impact of the glass bottle that hit him in the eye during the Chris Brown vs. Drake nightclub brawl ... 'cause a month later, he's wearing protective goggles to keep the injury from getting worse.
Parker -- who says he was merely an innocent bystander in club W.i.P. on June 14 -- was all Kareem'd out during an Olympic warm-up game with the French national team yesterday.
Tony recently underwent surgery to repair his left eye after a shard of glass penetrated "99 percent" of his eyeball during the melee.
Parker said the whole thing was simply a case of wrong place, wrong time ... and insists his NBA career is not in jeopardy.