Attorney Raphael Chiche tweeted Thursday evening that the “Paris prosecutor has taken in the complaint filed by Chris Brown for slanderous denunciation.” Contacted by Variety on Friday, the Paris prosecutor’s office declined to comment.
Brown was accused by an unidentified 24-year-old woman of assaulting her on the night of Jan. 15-16 in his suite at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Paris. Brown was arrested Monday on suspicion of aggravated rape and drug infractions and detained with two other men, reportedly the singer’s bodyguard and another friend, before being released Tuesday evening, according to a judicial source.
A spokesperson for the court told Variety on Thursday evening that “the investigations, which are not closed at this point, will be pursued under the authority of the Paris court.” The spokesperson did not say whether the investigations concerned Brown and/or the rape accuser, and added that the court will not make further comments at this stage. Such investigations in France are not matters of public record. The defamation complaint is also a criminal, not civil, matter.
On Tuesday, Chiche had written on his Twitter account that Brown was “denying vigorously the accusations that were made against him” and that “no legal action had been taken against him.”
Chiche told Reuters France that Brown was filing a complaint against the young woman, whose identity has not been released, and said that the singer denies “any sexual intercourse, consensual or not, with the accuser.”
The lawyer, who also represents Rédoine Faïd, a French gangster and serial jailbreaker, told Reuters that Brown had filed the complaint against the rape accuser to “shed light on the conditions which led [the young woman] to sue him, but also her motives.”