Woman Who Accused Chris Brown Was Under 'Psychological Pressure' During Alleged Rape: Lawyer
Franck Serfati told the Associated Press his 23-year-old client “was not pressured physically” while in Brown’s Paris hotel suite, but was in an “environment with great psychological pressure” when “non-consensual sex” took place between Jan. 15 and 16.
Serfati explained Brown, 29, allegedly “cornered her in a room that was locked” the Associated Press reported.
“There were forced sexual relations and then he went to talk to other men — it was a masculine environment,” Serfati said of Brown.
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.”
The woman claimed to have met Brown earlier at a nightclub on the street of Rue de Ponthieu.
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 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 multiple 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.”
Brown has since filed a defamation lawsuit against the woman.
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.