R&B Singer Chris Brown Held in Paris on Suspected Rape Allegations, Bodyguard and One Other Also Detained

Controversial U.S. music star Chris Brown has been arrested in Paris after a woman made a rape complaint against him.

The Associated Press confirmed Tuesday that Brown had been arrested on possible charges of aggravated rape and drug infractions. Two others—a friend and a bodyguard according to Le Parisien—were also arrested in connection with the complaint.

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The woman—who Le Parisien reported is aged 24—alleges that she met Brown at the Le Crystal Club in the northwest of the city on the night of January 15. She and several friends then accompanied the singer back to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel near the Concorde Plaza in central Paris. When alone with Brown, the woman said he raped her after which she was also abused by one of his friends and a bodyguard.

French magazine Closer originally broke the story. The publication reported that Brown and his associates were arrested at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Monday. The AP explained that police have two more days to decide whether to file preliminary charges or release the R&B star.

Brown has a long history of legal troubles, much of which center on assault allegations. His most infamous conviction was for felony assault of his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. He was eventually convicted and sentenced to community service, five years of probation and domestic violence counseling. He completed the probation in 2015.

He has been accused of multiple serious crimes but not convicted. In 2016, for example, he was arrested in suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after a women alleged he had threatened her with a gun in his Los Angeles home. And in 2013 a hit-and-run charge against the singer was dropped after he reached a compromise with his accuser.

Brown is also the subject of an ongoing lawsuit filed by a woman who claimed one of the singer's friends raped her at Brown's home in May 2018. She claimed Brown supplied guests with a variety of drugs during the event, according to TMZ.

On Sunday, Brown posted a picture of himself at dance rehearsals in a Paris studio. His Sony Music publicists did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment as to the arrest and why he was in Paris.

Despite his troubled past, Brown remains a popular R&B star with a dedicated fan base. He has almost 50 million followers on Instagram and nearly 30 million on Twitter. To date, six of his albums have gone platinum.


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