'I'm with the love of your life:' Rapper Drake 'taunts Chris Brown over hook-ups with Rihanna' before singer is bottled in club brawl

•Police investigating after five partygoers injured in Manhattan club brawl
•Brown hit in the face with a bottle

By Donna Mcconnell

Best of enemies: Drake, left, and Chris Brown, right, seen partying on opposite sides of club WiP before the night ended in bottle throwing with Chris sustaining a cut to the chin

Chris Brown has posted a picture of a nasty gash on his chin - apparently sustained from a nightclub brawl with rapper Drake and his entourage in New York.

Brown allegedly flew into a rage after Drake taunted him by returning a bottle of champagne he'd sent over as 'peace offering' with a note reading: 'I'm f****** the love of your life, deal with it'.

Drakes crude response was clearly a reference to Brown's ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

The aftermath: Broken glass can be seen strewn across the bar following the Chris and Drake fight

According to website Global Grind Chris reportedly flew into a rage and confronted Drake.

Drake allegedly threw a punch but before the singer could retaliate, another man hit Brown in the face with a bottle.

A source told the New York Post: 'They were on opposite sides of the room, Drake went over to the middle of the club to talk to someone, then words were exchanged with Chris and his entourage.

The source said someone from Drake's entourage, possibly the singer himself, threw a bottle.

'Once the bottle was thrown, all hell broke loose and there were more bottles thrown.'

The fight allegedly kicked off as the last song was playing, just before 4 a.m.

Police were already at the scene because it was closing time and that they 'were on it in seconds and began getting everyone out of the club.'

Pictures of the aftermath show the club floor strewn with broken glass.

Brown was pulled out of the situation by his own security and helped out of the club while Drake was pulled to the back of the club, the source said. '[Drake] was one of the last out of W.I.P.'

Bloody: An Australian tourist, Hollie C, 24, and Brown's bodyguard Big Pat were among the five people injured according to the NYPD

The New York Police department confirmed to the Global Grind that the two singers' crews got into a fight at Manhattan nightclub - 5 people were injured in the melee including Chris' bodyguard who suffered a serious cut to the head, two other men and two women suffered minor cuts. At least three were hospitalised.

Police were looking at surveillance footage and talking to patrons who witnessed the melee. No arrests have been made and no complaints filed.

Drake has today denied he was involved in 'any kind last night at W.i.P.' His spokeswoman said in a statement: 'He was on his way out of the club when the altercation began.

Chris Brown was caught on video leaving the club in New York

Drake is surrounded by his entourage as he leaves the club

Club W.I.P the Soho basement club where Chris Brown and Drake got into a brawl last night

'He did not engage in any activity which resulted in injury to person or damage to property.'

Brown and Toronto rapper Drake two have had a war of words since both being romantically attached to Rihanna.

Chris, showed the bleeding chin to his ten million followers before taking himself to hospital. And graphic photos of his bodyguard Big Pat have emerged showing him lying in a hospital bed with a severe head injury.

Chris Brown tweets during the Drake fight

No love lost: Chris Brown seen in New York earlier this week, and Drake, right, seen in London in March, the pair clashed at a nightspot in NYC last night

Tug of love: Rihanna, seen in New York last night, is at the centre of a war between former love Chris Brown and rapper Drake who is she previously had a fling with

The photo and the message have since been removed from Brown's Twitter page.

The fight will further fuel rumours regarding the closeness of Rihanna to her ex Brown.

Earlier this week the two pop superstars partied at the same club at the same time for the second time in as many days, leaving within minutes of each other.

TMZ reported the pair were in the club together for around 30 minutes and Brown spent some time with the Rude Girl singer at her table.

Still close: Rihanna leaves New York club Avenue minutes after her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown

Sitting in different booths, the couple still 'kept a close eye on each other' - and Brown sent her over two bottles of Ace of Spades Champagne.

A video surfaced earlier this week of the pair leaving the club minutes apart.

The lovelorn pair have been linked together several times already this year, after it emerged that they had recorded songs with each.

And of late wherever Rihanna is, Brown isn't far behind, as they party at birthday celebrations and nightclubs in West Hollywood.

The sighting comes after another sign that Rihanna is paving the way for a reconciliation with singer Chris , as the raunchy singer reportedly invited the singer to attend a basketball game party on Saturday with her family.

The singer and Brown joined her family - including grandfather Lionel Braithwaite on Saturday at an intimate gathering at Jay-Z's New York club 40/40 to watch the Miami Heat beat the Boston Celtics.

A source told The New York Post: 'Rihanna arrives first in a yellow cab, with her family and friends, and was escorted to a private room.

'Brown arrived a little later and joined her and her family.'

The pair have been spotted together often in recent weeks