Chris Brown Shares Smiley Group Photo, Posts 'That B— Lyin' Merchandise Amid Rape Allegation
In a group shot shared on Thursday, the “Forever” singer, 29, is front and center surrounded by more than a dozen people, presumably associated with Riveting Entertainment, the content studio and music label Brown tagged in the photo caption.
He also wrote, “Its A WRAP!!!!” with the heart emoji.
The artist also shared a screenshot of his clothing brand Black Pyramid’s Instagram account on his story. It showed two different T-shirts, with the text “This Bitch Lyin'” written on them. It also advertised a Paris edition of the shirt with a picture of the Mona Lisa, the text instead reading, “That Bitch Lyin’.”
Since the accusation was made public, Brown has been posting videos from his dance rehearsals and screenshots of articles which have headlines about his release from custody.
“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.”
Later that day, the Grammy winner denied the claims in a strongly worded Instagram post that he’s since deleted.
“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!!!!!”
PEOPLE confirmed that Brown was released without charge on Tuesday, though the investigation into the incident by the Paris police continues.
“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,” Brown’s attorney Raphael Chiche told multiples outlets in a statement. “The charges against Chris Brown have not been dropped and investigations are still going on but Chris Brown has not been sued by Prosecution.”
The “Loyal” singer 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.
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.
Brown’s latest arrest follows a long string of run-ins with the law.
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In 2009, Brown was sentenced to five years probation and 180 days of community labor after pleading guilty to felony assault for beating then-girlfriend Rihanna. Seven years later, he was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon (charges were never filed), and in 2017, his ex-girlfriend Karreuche Tran was granted a restraining order against him.
Then in May, an unidentified woman filed a lawsuit against Brown and two others after she said she was allegedly held down and sexually assaulted in the singer’s home.
The woman claimed Brown held a party in his home on Feb. 23, 2017, in which his friend, Lowell Grissom Jr., also known as Young Lo, and an unnamed woman, “Doe X,” forcibly held her down and forced her to perform sexual acts.
She sued the trio for sexual battery, battery, assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress among other charges. Brown’s lawyer Mark Geragos told TMZ at the time, “None of these allegations are true. Nobody has done anything with this… there’s no case here. Chris is a target.”
Chris Brown’s reps have not responded to PEOPLE’s previous request for comment.