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Singer Chris Brown detained in Paris after rape complaint

Published:Wednesday | January 23, 2019 | 12:10 AM
In this 2018 file photo, singer Chris Brown performs during Philipp Plein’s women’s 2019 Spring-Summer collection, unveiled during the Fashion Week in Milan, Italy. Two police officials say Chris Brown and two other people are in custody in Paris after a woman filed a rape complaint.

US singer Chris Brown and two other people are in custody in Paris after a woman filed a rape complaint, French officials said yesterday.

The Grammy Award-winning singer was detained Monday on potential charges of aggravated rape and drug infractions and remained in custody yesterday, a judicial official said. Investigators have another two days to decide whether to let him go or file preliminary charges.

Brown’s publicists at Sony Music would not comment yesterday on the complaint or say what Brown, 29, was doing in Paris. His US attorney, Mark Geragos, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Brown has been in repeated legal trouble since pleading guilty to the felony assault in 2009 of his then girlfriend, Rihanna. He completed his probation in that case in 2015, but has continued to have run-ins with police.

The woman who filed the Paris complaint said she met Brown and his friends overnight between January 15-16 at the club Le Crystal in the 8th arrondissement near the Champs-Elysees, and then they all went to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel near the Concorde Plaza in central Paris, according to the official.

The Mandarin Oriental would not comment on the investigation, and Le Crystal could not immediately be reached. There was no unusual activity outside either site.

One of Brown’s bodyguards is among the others detained in the Paris investigation, according to the official. They are being held by judicial police in the 17th arrondissement of northwest Paris, the official said.

Neither official was authorised to be publicly discussing the investigation.

The detention was originally reported by French gossip magazine Closer.

Brown won a Grammy Award in 2011 for best R&B album for F.A.M.E. and was repeatedly nominated for other works. He is best known for hits in the 2000s such as Run It and Kiss Kiss.

‘One of Brown’s bodyguards is among the others detained in the Paris investigation, according to the official.’