Chris Brown rape arrest: R&B star is held by French police along with his bodyguard and a friend after woman claims he attacked her in Paris hotel room

R&B singer Chris Brown has been arrested in Paris on suspicion of rape.

A 24-year-old woman has accused Brown of raping her on the evening of January 15 at a hotel in the French capital.

Brown and two other people – one of whom is said to be his bodyguard – are in custody in Paris today as police investigate.

He is alleged to have met the woman at a nightclub near the Champs-Elysees and taken her back to the Mandarin Oriental hotel, where he is accused of having attacked her.

Brown has been arrested awaiting potential charges of ‘aggravated rape and drug infractions’, officials said.

The woman has accused Brown of raping her after they met at Le Crystal nightclub.

She is then said to have returned to the Mandarin Oriental hotel with other women and a total of three men.

The alleged victim claimed Brown had attacked her when they were left alone together.

The woman is also said to have accused Brown’s bodyguard and another friend of the singer of abusing her.

‘[Brown] is accused of a rape and is being held at the judicial police offices in the 1st arrondissement,’ said a prosecuting source.

‘He was arrested with two others on Monday, and interviews and other enquiries are ongoing. The offence is said to have taken place on the night of January 15 this year.’

The singer’s bodyguard is one of the two other men detained, according to police officials.

‘The woman said she was abused by Mr Brown, a bodyguard, and a friend, and then she was left alone with the star,’ said another source in Paris.

‘A total of three men were arrested at Mr Brown’s hotel. They did not resist police, and now have lawyers representing them.’

Brown was arrested on Monday and is still in custody today while police investigate the claims, they said.

Investigators have another two days to decide whether to let him go or file preliminary charges.

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

The musician has been seen in the French capital in recent days attending events in the city’s fashion week.

On Saturday night he was seen with his model girlfriend Ammika Harris at Paris nightclub Cirque Bonheur.

He has been in repeated legal trouble since pleading guilty to the felony assault in 2009 of his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, in the U.S.

He completed his probation in that case in 2015 but has been beset by a series of further legal issues including further accusations of assault.

Le Crystal, also known as the Crystal Lounge, describes itself as a ‘VIP clubbing experience bang in the middle of Paris’.

Brown was discovered by a record label when he was a boy working at his father’s gas station in Virginia.

First identified as a rapper, Brown has since found success with his rich singing voice.

He is best-known for hits in the 2000s such as ‘Run It’ and ‘Kiss Kiss.’ He retains a loyal fandom, including nearly 50 million followers on Instagram.

 

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