Punches were exchanged between T.I. and Ludacris's manager, witnesses say

By Jessica Herndon Lorenzo Benet
June 25, 2007 09:40 AM

A fight broke out Sunday between the entourages of rap stars Ludacris and T.I. in Hollywood.

The scuffle took place at the Sunset Tower hotel at The Power Brunch-L.A., an event hosted by Warner Music Group EVP Kevin Liles and honoring Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete’s Hollyrod Foundation.

As the Peetes, Twista, 106 and Park host Rocsi, Musiq Soulchild, Yung Joc and others enjoyed mimosas, omelets and pancakes, witnesses say punches were exchanged between T.I. and Ludacris’s manager, Chaka Zulu.

The brawl escalated, with eight others joining the fracas as guests quickly hustled for the exits and spilled onto Sunset Boulevard, overwhelming valets and forcing deputies to halt traffic so cars could be retrieved. Security moved in and escorted T.I. out of the party. A witness says the rapper’s shirt was torn but he otherwise appeared uninjured.

During the fight, a woman was hurt and treated at the scene by L.A. County Fire Department paramedics, who later transferred her to an ambulance, according to a witness. Fire Department officials were unavailable for comment.

An L.A. County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman tells PEOPLE six deputies were summoned to the hotel pool area at 2:50 p.m. after 10 members of the entourages started a melee, but there were no arrests.

“Basically we responded to a disturbance,” says Sgt. Kristin Aloma. “No report was taken. We were there in two or three minutes. There was an altercation between the entourages.” When deputies arrived to assist, “it was under control and the event security had taken care of it,” Aloma says.

According to MTV.com, the two rappers were longtime microphone rivals who made nice a few years ago, though T.I. boasts on his upcoming CD that he had the best rap album of last year even though Ludacris won the Grammy in that category.

Reps for both rappers did not return calls for comment.