The embattled singer has since been released from custody, according to TMZ, and he’s addressed the allegations with a defiant three word message. “This Bitch Lyin'” reads an image posted to his Instagram page.
In the accompanying caption, Brown wrote, “I WANNA MAKE IT PERFECTLY CLEAR…… THIS IS FALSE AND A WHOLE LOT OF CAP! NNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEERRRRRR!!!!!! FOR MY DAUGHTER AND MY FAMILY THIS IS SO DISPRESPECTFUL AND IS AGAINST MY CHARACTER AND MORALS!!!!!”
Update – 11:40 p.m.: TMZ reports that Brown plans to sue his accuser for defamation. “A complaint for slanderous denunciation will be filed tomorrow with the public prosecutor of Paris,” his lawyer announced Tuesday night.
For their part, French authorities say they are still investigating the incident, but as of now Brown has released with no conditions and free to leave the country.
Meanwhile, France’s Closer Magazine has published an interview with the alleged victim. The woman — identified by the pseudonym “Karima” — is described as a 24-year-old model. Karima says she met Brown at Paris’ Mandarin Oriental Hotel on the night of January 15th. After accompanying him to a local night club, Karima alleges that Brown convinced her to return to his suite at the Mandarin, where the alleged assault took place. Karima says she was also assaulted by one of Brown’s friends and his bodyguard, both of who were arrested along with Brown.
An associate of Brown disputed Karima’s account in an interview with TMZ, saying that the singer hosted a group of people in his room and was never alone with the alleged victim.
Under French law, suspects being questioned by the police can be kept in custody for up to 24 hours, according to the New York Times. If he is forced to stand trial, Brown would be required to surrender his passport and remain in Paris pending trial.
Brown already has a lengthy criminal record to his name. In 2009, he pleaded guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend, Rihanna. Since then, he’s twice been charged with felony battery and was involved in a police standoff. In December 2018, he was charged with two misdemeanor counts relating to the possession of an exotic monkey and is currently facing six months in a California jail.