January 06, 2005 04:00 PM

Singer James Brown is being sued by a woman who claims he raped her at gunpoint in 1988.

The lawsuit, filed by Jacque Hollander on Wednesday, claims the Godfather of Soul raped her in the back of his van while threatening her with a shotgun, the Associated Press reports. At the time of the alleged assault, Hollander was an aspiring songwriter working as a public relations assistant for the famed singer.

Brown’s lawyer says the claim is false and calls Hollander’s allegations “rag sheet fodder.” The attorney, Debra Opri, adds that the woman’s claims were dismissed as frivolous by a judge in 2002 who also cleared Brown of another woman’s sexual harassment allegations.

“This is what you call a shakedown in its most stupid form,” Opri said. “It’s too little, too late and baseless.”

Hollander, 48, is not pressing criminal charges against Brown, 71, but is seeking $106 million in damages because she was recently diagnosed with the neurological disorder Graves’ Disease, which she claims was caused by her “rape and torture” at the hands of the singer.

According to the National Graves’ Disease Foundation, stress can contribute to the onset of the disease.

Brown served nearly three years in prison after he was arrested in 1988 and convicted of assault and leading police on a car chase through parts of Georgia and South Carolina.

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