Chris Brown denies rape accusation after being released without charge
Chris Brown has denied the claims of a woman who filed a rape complaint with police in Paris. In a strongly worded Instagram post, the R&B singer rejected the accusation, saying that it was damaging to both himself and his young daughter, Royalty, who turns 5 in May.
“I WANNA MAKE IT PERFECTLY CLEAR…… THIS IS FALSE AND A WHOLE LOT OF CAP [sic]!” Brown, 29, captioned a text image that read “This b!tch lyin’.”
His statement continued in the caption: “NNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEERRRRRR!!!!!! FOR MY DAUGHTER AND MY FAMILY THIS IS SO DISPRESPECTFUL [sic] AND IS AGAINST MY CHARACTER AND MORALS!!!!!”
The AFP reports Brown was released without charge on Tuesday, though the investigation into the incident continues.
As PEOPLE previously reported, a judicial official told the Associated Press that Brown was detained on potential charges of aggravated rape and drug infractions on Monday. The official said Brown was still in custody on Tuesday, and could remain there for an additional two days while investigators decide whether or not to file preliminary charges, the AP reported.
Reuters reported that two other people were arrested with Brown.
“We confirm the detention in custody of Mr. Chris Brown and two other individuals on charges of aggravated rape and narcotics offenses. Police custody is still in progress,” the Paris Public Prosecutor’s Office tells PEOPLE in a statement. “The judicial action that will be given will not be communicated before the end of the custody.”
A source also confirmed Brown’s arrest to PEOPLE. A rep and an attorney for Brown did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
The “Loyal” singer was investigated by police after the woman, 24, alleged in a complaint filed to the 1st arrondisement commisseriat that she was raped by Brown at his hotel between Jan. 15 and 16, according to French outlet Closer. She claimed to have met Brown earlier at a nightclub on the street of Rue de Ponthieu.
The alleged rape is said to have occurred in Brown’s room at the Mandarin Oriental, which is a luxury hotel near Place Vendôme. The woman additionally claimed that Brown’s friend and his bodyguard also abused her.
On Monday, the Shade Room posted a photo of Brown smiling with his rumored girlfriend Ammika Harris while at Le Cirque Club in Paris.
Brown’s latest arrest follows a long string of run-ins with the law.
In 2009, Brown was sentenced to five years probation and 180 days of community labor after pleading guilty to felony assault for beating then-girlfriend Rihanna. Seven years later, he was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon (charges were never filed), and in 2017, his ex-girlfriend Karreuche Tran was granted a restraining order against him.
Then in May, an unidentified woman filed a lawsuit against Brown and two others after she said she was allegedly held down and sexually assaulted in the singer’s home.
The woman claimed Brown held a party in his home on Feb. 23, 2017, in which his friend, Lowell Grissom Jr., also known as Young Lo, and an unnamed woman, “Doe X,” forcibly held her down and forced her to perform sexual acts.
She sued the trio for sexual battery, battery, assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress among other charges. Brown’s lawyer Mark Geragos told TMZ at the time, “None of these allegations are true. Nobody has done anything with this… there’s no case here. Chris is a target.”
In July, Brown was arrested moments after wrapping up his concert in West Palm Beach, Florida. Brown was taken into police custody by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for an out-of-county warrant, according to online court records.
The warrant was for felony battery and was issued in April 2017 by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office, a spokesperson for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office told PEOPLE at the time.
As PEOPLE reported at the time, police said Brown allegedly “sucker punched” a 29-year-old club photographer in Tampa during a paid appearance at AJA Channelside around 1 a.m. local time on April 17. The alleged victim claimed that Brown attacked him because he was taking photos after Brown arrived at the venue for an afterparty “showing.”
This article originally appeared on People.com