Angry words were exchanged when Rhymes' pal complained that Cooper was sitting too close to them - and the rapper joined in, allegedly shouting at Cooper.

According to AllHipHop.com, in papers filed at a court earlier this week (begs13Sep10) Cooper claims Rhymes then hurled a glass, missing her by "inches".

She is now suing the star for assault and battery and is seeking $250,000 in damages.