TMZ and The Hollywood Reporter have confirmed that Chris Brown has filed a defamation lawsuit against the woman who accused him of rape in Paris. Brown’s lawyer, Raphael Chiche, is reportedly pursuing criminal action against the accuser for making a “slanderous accusation” and cites a criminal statute relating to invasion of privacy. If found guilty for this alleged violation, the law permits a maximum one-year prison sentence.
Earlier this week, Agence France-Presse reported that Brown was released from custody without bail and can leave France following a recent rape accusation. According to TMZ, the Paris prosecutor’s office will continue to investigate the allegations. In a strongly worded Instagram post that has since been deleted from Brown’s account, the artist vehemently rejected the accusation and stated that it was damaging to both himself and his daughter.
Reuters previously claimed that the singer was arrested in Paris under the suspicion of rape. Brown, along with two other suspects, were apprehended on January 21 by French police stemming from charges brought forth by a 24-year-old woman who alleges that she was raped in Brown’s hotel suite the night of January 15.
This is, of course, the latest of many criminal charges levied against the troubled singer. Just last year, he was arrested in Florida on charges of felony assault.
This story is developing and will be updated as further information emerges.
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