Singer Chris arrested in France on suspicion of rape
PARIS (Reuters) – US singer Chris Brown was arrested in Paris on Monday with two other people on suspicion of rape, a French police source said.
The arrests were first reported by Closer magazine, which said Brown, his bodyguard and a friend were detained after a 24-year-old woman alleged she was raped at the singer’s suite at the Mandarin Oriental hotel on the night of January 15.
The woman said she had met the men at a Paris nightclub earlier in the evening, according to the magazine.
Neither Singer Chris Brown nor his agents could not immediately be reached for comment.
Brown, 29, whose previous legal troubles include assaulting singer Rihanna in 2009, remained in custody on Tuesday, a judicial source said.
Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna in an incident that made headlines around the world when a photo of her bruised face was released.
In 2016, Brown was arrested in Los Angeles after a woman said he had pointed a gun at her. Brown denied any wrongdoing.
A rape conviction in France can carry a sentence of 15 years.
Two other men, identified by French media as Brown’s bodyguard and a friend, have also been arrested.
The incident is alleged to have occurred at the luxury Mandarin Oriental hotel on 15 January.
This isn’t the singer’s first encounter with the law – he has a number of previous, high-profile convictions for violence.
He received five years probation and a community service order for assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna, in his car in 2009.
In 2016, he was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after a woman told police he had threatened her with a gun.
He was later freed, and his lawyer said the accusations against Brown were demonstrably false.