Chris Brown Goes After Accuser

His lawyer files defamation suit, criminal case
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2019 2:49 PM CST
Updated Jan 24, 2019 3:53 PM CST

(Newser) – Chris Brown is suing the woman who accused him of rape, resulting in his arrest in Paris Tuesday. He and the other two men arrested alongside him were released hours later with no charges filed, though sources tell TMZ the investigation is ongoing. Brown's Parisian lawyer filed a defamation complaint Thursday, and the gossip site notes it appears to be more than a civil suit, because the document cites a criminal statute regarding invasion of privacy. Per the Hollywood Reporter, Brown's lawyer wants a criminal prosecution for an alleged "slanderous accusation." The document is titled "false accusation, committed on January 18, 2019"; the woman says the assault occurred overnight Jan. 15-16, and she gave a statement to police Jan. 18.

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Meanwhile, the woman—who Page Six reported as being a 24-year-old French model, but whose lawyer describes her as a 23-year-old student—has spoken out through her lawyer. He tells the AP that his client was under "great psychological pressure" at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel when "non-consensual sex" allegedly took place in Brown's hotel suite. Though she "was not pressured physically," she was in an "environment with great psychological pressure" from "buff," older men who cornered her in a locked room, he says. "There were forced sexual relations and then he went to talk to other men—it was a masculine environment." Her lawyer says two other men, Brown's bodyguard and an associate of Brown's, then assaulted her on another floor of the hotel. (Read more Chris Brown stories.)

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