Chris Brown Files Defamation Suit Against Woman Accusing Him of Rape
Chris Brown has filed a defamation lawsuit against the woman who filed a rape complaint against him in Paris.
In documents filed on Thursday and obtained by PEOPLE, the R&B singer accused the woman of “false accusation, committed on Jan. 18, 2019 in Paris…and not prescribed, provided for and punished” by the French Penal Code.
Brown, 29, was released from custody without charge on Wednesday, two days after being accused of potential aggravated rape and drug infractions. Though he was released, PEOPLE confirms the investigation into the incident by the Paris police continues.
In a strongly worded Instagram post that he’s since deleted, Brown rejected the accusation on Tuesday, saying that it was damaging to both himself and his young daughter, Royalty, who turns 5 in May.
“I WANNA MAKE IT PERFECTLY CLEAR…… THIS IS FALSE AND A WHOLE LOT OF CAP [sic]!” Brown captioned a text image that read “This b!tch lyin.’”
His statement continued in the caption: “NNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEERRRRRR!!!!!! FOR MY DAUGHTER AND MY FAMILY THIS IS SO DISPRESPECTFUL [sic] AND IS AGAINST MY CHARACTER AND MORALS!!!!!”
Brown’s attorney, Raphael Chiche, previously told multiple outlets in a statement, “Chris Brown is free. No lawsuits were filed against him. He vigorously challenges the charges against him. A complaint for slanderous denunciation will be filed with the Public Prosecutor of Paris. The charges against Chris Brown have not been dropped and investigations are still going on but Chris Brown has not been sued by Prosecution.”
Since the accusations, Brown has been active on social media, posting videos from his dance rehearsals and screenshots of articles which have headlines about his release from custody.
As PEOPLE previously reported, a judicial official told the Associated Press that Brown was detained on potential charges of aggravated rape and drug infractions on Monday. The official said Brown was still in custody on Tuesday, and could remain there for an additional two days while investigators decide whether or not to file preliminary charges, the AP reported.
Reuters reported that two other people were arrested with Brown.
“We confirm the detention in custody of Mr. Chris Brown and two other individuals on charges of aggravated rape and narcotics offenses. Police custody is still in progress,” the Paris Public Prosecutor’s Office told PEOPLE in a statement. “The judicial action that will be given will not be communicated before the end of the custody.”
A source also confirmed Brown’s arrest to PEOPLE. A rep for Brown did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Brown was investigated by police after the woman, 24, alleged in a complaint filed to the 1st arrondisement commisseriat that she was raped by Brown at his hotel between Jan. 15 and 16, according to French outlet Closer. She claimed to have met Brown earlier at a nightclub on the street of Rue de Ponthieu.
The alleged rape is said to have occurred in Brown’s room at the Mandarin Oriental, which is a luxury hotel near Place Vendôme. The woman additionally claimed that Brown’s friend and his bodyguard also abused her.
On Monday, the Shade Room posted a photo of Brown smiling with his rumored girlfriend Ammika Harris while at Le Cirque Club in Paris.
On Wednesday, Brown was seen out in Paris for the first time since being released from custody, leaving his hotel dressed in a Nike hat and plaid coat.