Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was shut down in his attempt to have a lawsuit, accusing him and Drake of playing a role in a nightclub assault, thrown out of court.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a Los Angeles judge has denied a motion filed by Beckham Jr.
The lawsuit in question was filed by Bennett Mcbride Sipes against Drake, Odell Beckham Jr. and Kourtney Kardashian’s ex-boyfriend, Younes Bendjima, over an alleged assault that went down at Delilah nightclub on March 24, 2018.
Beckham Jr. has denied all wrongdoing and pointed to the security footage as his defense, saying it showed he did not participate. Drake has denied wrongdoing and also pointed to the footage, saying it shows Kardashian’s ex Bendjima fighting not him.
A court hearing was held after the judge was able to watch the security video taken at Delilah nightclub.
The court order states, “The security video shows what appears to be a relatively lengthy melee. The video seems to show multiple people shoving and hitting Plaintiff in some uncertain location near a door, which at points partially or completely blocks the view of Plaintiff. Because Plaintiff is out of the camera’s range at times, it is difficult to determine what is happening to Plaintiff. The absence of sound contributes to the video’s lack of clarity.”
The court documents state, “The video captures Defendant, who does not appear to be part of the group pushing and hitting Plaintiff, moving about in the crowd behind that group. It is not clear from the video what he is saying.”
The judge wrote, “The video does not conclusively prove Defendant’s argument that the assault and battery had already occurred before Defendant’s alleged encouragement. The video arguably could be interpreted as evidence that Defendant was egging on the others involved in the skirmish.”
Further, “The video does not establish one assault. The video appears to depict multiple shoves, punches, and other violence, and it is possible that additional threats or violence occurred before the beginning of the video. If that was the situation, then there was plenty of time for Defendant to encourage the crowd to engage in threats or physical attacks on Plaintiff not depicted in the video. In sum, the video does not settle much of anything.”
The judge denied the motion to dismiss the case and allowed Sipes to move the lawsuit forward.
In his lawsuit, Sipes claims he was at the club to see his girlfriend, Sommer Ray, who was in the VIP section of the club, talking to Drake, OBJ and Kourtney Kardashian‘s ex, Younes Bendjima.
Sipes claims that when he approached his girlfriend, an argument ensued between him and the three men. He says that when he went to leave the VIP area, he “witnessed Defendant Drake signaling to his private security a hand gesture of ‘throat slash,’ after he pointed at Plaintiff. Plaintiff understood this to be some type of physical threat towards himself.”
As he was attempting to enter the restroom, Sipes claims Bendjima and members of Drake and Beckham’s entourage and private security proceeded to “push, shove, kick and repeatedly punch Plaintiff in the face and body.”
Sipes sued Drake, Beckham and Bendjima, as well as the club for not providing adequate security.
The case is ongoing.