U.S. singer Chris Brown detained in France on rape charge

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Singer Chris Brown has been detained in Paris following a rape accusation, French police have said.

United States singer Chris Brown was arrested in Paris yesterday with two other people on suspicion of rape, a French police source. Officials have two days to decide whether they will release Brown or file charges, the AP reports.

Brown's publicists have not yet issued any comment about the most recent incident. The sources said Brown and two others were released from custody, and the public prosecutor will continue investigating the complaints, which Brown denies.

The woman who has accused Brown alleges that she was introduced to the singer at Le Crystal on January 16 and then went back to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel with him.

Brown has been spotted over the last week in Paris attending events around Paris Fashion Week.

Singer Chris Brown is firing back at allegations of rape, calling them "false" and "disrespectful" in an Instagram post.

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The woman said she met the 29-year-old American star at a Paris nightclub in the 8th arrondissement and later joined him with other women at his hotel in the 1st arrondissement. After being introduced to Brown through a friend, the woman spent time clubbing with the singer and his entourage.

In 2016, he was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon following a standoff with Los Angeles police, after a woman said he threatened her at his home.

Though Brown, from Virginia, is a Grammy-winning star with numerous hit songs to his name, his professional accomplishments have always been overshadowed by reports of violent behavior.

In the interview, the reported assault is described as "brutal and violent" while the woman says she was also "abused" by one of Brown's friends as well as a bodyguard.

He counts almost 50 million followers on Instagram, where a picture posted on Sunday showed him meeting fans in Paris.

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