Singer Chris Brown Detained in Paris After Rape Complaint

By Chika Dunu, Epoch Times
January 22, 2019 Updated: January 22, 2019

Two police officials say American singer Chris Brown and two other people are in custody in Paris after a woman filed a rape complaint.

One police official said the complaint was filed with police in the 17th arrondissement of northwest Paris. The official said one of the others detained is Brown’s bodyguard.

Both officials said Brown was detained on Jan. 21 and is still in custody on Jan. 22 while police study the complaint. Neither is authorized to be publicly named discussing the investigation.

Chris Brown
Chris Brown performs in Los Angeles, California, on June 22, 2018. (Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for BET)

Brown’s publicists at Sony Music would not immediately comment.

Brown has been in repeated legal trouble since pleading guilty to the felony assault in 2009 of his then-girlfriend, Rihanna. He completed his probation in that case in 2015.

Monkey Trouble

In late 2018 he faced legal action for keeping a pet capuchin monkey illegally.

Brown was criticized after he posted a video of the monkey being held by his daughter, who was 3 years old at the time. Brown claimed he didn’t own the monkey, and that the video was taken in Las Vegas at a relative’s house, TMZ reported. He claimed the relative owned the monkey.

But authorities took custody of the monkey in Los Angeles, the city where Brown lives, which Brown claims is a coincidence, saying the relative happened to be in town with the monkey. If convicted Brown faces a maximum of six months in prison. A judge will hear the case on Feb. 6, according to TMZ.

In 2016, Brown was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after a woman claimed the singer threatened her with a gun.

Brown was released from jail the same day after he posted $250,000 bail, according to jail records.

Alleged Assault

The alleged victim, Baylee Curran, recounted the events in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. Curran said that she and a friend were at a gathering at Brown’s home and hoped to discuss possibly working together on future projects. She said that Brown suddenly became angry and pointed a gun at her as she was admiring some jewelry.

Baylee Curran
Baylee Curran at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on Sept. 8, 2018. (Jennifer Graylock/Getty Images for Marco Marco)

“I don’t know if it was Chris’ friend or how he was related, but that’s when he told me to back away from the diamond necklace and started cussing me out and calling me names,” she told the LA Times. “That’s when Chris pulled his gun and told me to ‘Get out,’ he said. ‘I’m sick of you girls, get the [expletive] out!’”

Curran said she then exited the home with a friend and waited for the return of her phone because, according to Curran, she had to hand over her phone to enter the premises. When one of Brown’s associates came out with her phone, she was told she had to sign a non-disclosure in order to get her phone back, which she said she declined. Instead, she said she snatched her phone, ran towards a neighbor’s home, and hid under an SUV away from the associate who had chased after her. The neighbor then contacted the police.

Police descended on Brown’s Tarzana home at 3 a.m. and waited for a warrant to search the home.

In 2013, Brown was charged with misdemeanor assault after he punched a man outside of Washington D.C. nightclub.

Previous incidents at his residence include an armed home-invasion robbery and a naked woman allegedly breaking in and vandalizing the California home.

Epoch Times reporter Colin Fredericson and The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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