Chris Brown plans to sue a woman for defamation after she accused him of raping her in a Paris hotel.
The American R&B star was released from prison on Tuesday without charge after being held for questioning overnight in Paris following the rape accusations.
The 29-year-old’s French lawyer, Raphael Chiche, said Brown vigorously denied the allegations and he is preparing to file the defamation lawsuit on behalf of his client.
‘Chris Brown is free. No lawsuits were filed against him. He vigorously challenges the charges against him,’ Chiche said.
‘A complaint for slanderous denunciation will be filed tomorrow with the public prosecutor of Paris.’
A 24-year-old French model, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told police that she was r-ped by Brown and two other men during a drug-fueled party at his hotel a week ago.
The ordeal allegedly happened inside Brown’s hotel room at the Mandarin Oriental where suites can cost more than US$21,000 (£19,000) per night.
The woman alleges she was attacked by Brown, his bodyguard and a family friend on January 16.
Brown and the two other men were all released from police custody on Tuesday.
An examining magistrate decided to end the initial period of custody without taking the matter further but this does not mean that the case is closed, according to French law.
Prosecutors have indicated that they will continue to speak to the alleged victim and to try and gather more evidence.
The Paris prosecutor’s office said the investigation is ongoing, while the singer’s lawyer said his client ‘energetically’ proclaimed his innocence.
In a post on Instagram following his release, Brown denied the accusation saying it is ‘false’, ‘disrespectful’ and ‘against my character and morals.’
Timeline of Chris Brown’s legal troubles
2009 : Brown pleads guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna on the eve of the Grammys.
He is sentenced to five years’ probation, a domestic violence programme and 180 days of community labour.
2012 : The musician is involved in a nightclub brawl with Drake in New York. The case is later settled.
2013 : He is handed another 1,000 hours of community labour after a traffic accident in Los Angeles.
Later that year he is arrested for punching a man who tried to take a picture with him outside a Washington luxury hotel.
He is also accused of throwing a brick at his mother’s car.
2014 : Brown is arrested and jailed after he is thrown out of rehab. He also admits violating his probation over the assault in Washington.
2016 : Model Liziane Gutierrez claims Brown hit her and took her mobile phone in a Las Vegas hotel room. No charges are brought.
Later the same year he is arrested after a stand-off outside his Los Angeles home, following claims he pointed a gun at a woman.
2017 : The rapper is ordered to stay away from ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran after he allegedly punched her and threatened to kill her.
2018 : Brown is arrested on a battery charge immediately after a performance in Florida.
He is also charged after sharing a picture of a three-year-old daughter with a monkey. Wildlife agents seized the animal and said he had no permit.
2019 : He is arrested in Paris and accused of raping a woman.