Singer, Chris Brown, who was released from French police custody earlier this week, has now filed a defamation suit against a woman who accused of him of raping her at his hotel room.
Brown’s Paris-based attorney, Raphael Chiche, filed the complaint Thursday … titled “false accusation, committed on January 18, 2019.” It appears this is more than a civil defamation case, according to the doc obtained by TMZ, the lawyer is citing a criminal statute relating to invasion of privacy. A violation of that law carries a maximum 1-year prison sentence.
The 29-year-old singer was detained Monday along with his bodyguard and one other person after a 24-year-old woman accused him of raping her in a hotel room last week.
He was later released from police custody on Tuesday and won’t face any charges at this time, but an investigation continues.
Brown was arrested on Tuesday, along with two others who were not identified, on allegations of aggravated rape and drug violations. He was released without charge hours later, though the prosecutor’s office told CNN an investigation is ongoing.
“I wanna make it perfectly clear ….. This is false and a whole lot of CAP! [sic],” Brown wrote in all caps in a now-deleted Instagram post about the allegations. “… For my daughter and my family this is so disrespectful and is against my character and morals!!!!”
Brown has had several run-ins with the law over the years, most infamously for physically assaulting his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, in 2009. He was charged with felony assault and making criminal threats and received five years probation and community service.
More recently, Brown was arrested in July on a felony battery charge stemming from a 2017 incident in which he allegedly punched a man who took photos of him without his permission. He pleaded not guilty and is currently awaiting trial in that case.
Not too long ago, The Edge radio station said they will stop playing Chris Brown’s music because of an allegation he is a rapist, it says. Music streaming service Spotify has continued to include Brown’s tunes in its most prominent New Zealand playlists. NZME, which operates The Edge’s competitor ZM, has not responded to a request for comment.