American R&B star Chris Brown was released without charge after being held for questioning overnight in Paris after a woman accused him of rape.
The 29-year-old star was free to go on Tuesday night after 24 hours of questioning by magistrates and judicial police in the capital.
A French model who cannot be named for legal reasons insists that she was raped by three men including Brown during a drug-fuelled party.
The ordeal is said to have happened after they arranged to meet Brown at his rooms at the Mandarin Oriental in the centre of the French capital, where suites can cost more than £19,000-a-night.
The 24-year-old woman says she was attacked by Brown, his bodyguard and a family friend a week ago.
In an interview with French Closer magazine, the woman said she met Brown ‘through a friend’ who works at the Crystal Lounge nightclub on the Champs Elysee.
‘This friend asked me what I was doing the next day, and if I would like to meet Chris Brown,’ said the woman, who finally met the rapper on January 15.
‘I said yes and the next day, on Tuesday, I had an appointment at 11.30pm at the Mandarin Oriental hotel to meet the rapper. At the reception of the hotel, I found myself with friends of his and other girls. We went up to his suite to pick him up and we all went to a nightclub called ‘The Quay’.
‘Everything was going well. Around 4am, they decided to go back to the hotel. I wanted to go home, but someone in Chris Brown’s entourage took me by the arm and said: ‘Come on, we’ll have a good evening.’
‘Leaving the nightclub, there were two Mercedes vans that were full up. So I said, ‘There’s no place, I’m going home.’ Then I was told, ‘No, come on!’. And I was put in Chris Brown’s car with another girl.’
The group got back to Brown’s rooms at the Mandarin Oriental.
The woman told Closer:
‘Before entering the suite, the bodyguard took all our cell phones. It didn’t seem surprising given the artist’s notoriety and I didn’t worry. Once in the suite, we were offered drinks. There was cocaine and cannabis.
‘There were about fifteen girls, friends of Chris Brown. The music was loud, people were coming in and out … It was a bit chaotic.’
Asked if prostitutes were present, the woman said: ‘I don’t know. There were only very pretty girls.’
She continued: ‘
At one point, I went to the bathroom. Chris Brown followed me and took me by the right arm. He made me enter a sort of dressing room. He closed the door.’
Saying the rape followed, the woman explained: ‘It lasted 25 to 30 minutes. It’s still too difficult for me to explain in detail what he did, but it was brutal and violent.
‘He was threatening and aggressive. I was very afraid. Once it was over, he opened the door. I told him that I wanted to pick up my cell phone and go home.
‘Chris Brown went to see one of his friends. I thought this person was going to accompany me to the bodyguard for my cell phone, but that’s not what he did.
‘He took me to his room, he locked the door and he abused me too. It was the same with the bodyguard All I wanted to do was go home. I was too scared. There were three muscular men, aggressive and menacing. I couldn’t do anything. I’m traumatized, I can’t overcome what happened to me and resume my habits. It’s horrible, I’m lost.
tAsked by Closer how she managed to escape, the woman said:
‘I said that I had to go to bed, that I had classes the next day. I cried. When he saw me like that, he returned my cell phone and I left.’
Following the attack in the early hours of January 16, the woman waiting two days, until Friday January 18 to go to the police in Paris.
Confirming she had been hesitant, the woman said: ‘Yes. I was scared. They have my address, my cell number, my picture …
‘But I didn’t want them to be able to do the same thing to other girls. Chris Brown is the kind of person who thinks himself powerful and thinks himself above the law, but no. I’ll go to the end. Abused three times in the same evening by three different men – it’s unbearable to live with.’
The woman said she did not know if other women claim to have been raped that night.
‘I don’t know,’ she said. ‘Sometimes girls do not dare to speak. They are scared and I understand them, but I want them to stop doing this to girls who have not asked for anything.
‘I just thought I was having a good night with a star. I didn’t imagine that I was going to find myself locked up with aggressive and menacing men who forced me to do things I did not want to do.’