Chris Brown has responded on Instagram to an allegation of rape.
The US singer and two associates were released on 22 January 2019 after being detained by French officials.
A 24-year-old woman had claimed the three men raped her at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Paris after they met at a night club on the Champs-Élysées.
While an investigation reportedly remains ongoing, Brown took to social media to plead innocence, labelling the accusations “false”.
“I wanna make it perfectly clear,” the 29-year-old wrote in caps on Instagram. “This is false and a whole lot of c***!
“For my daughter and my family, this is so disrespectful and is against my character and morals.”
The caption was posted alongside an image of the words “This b**** lyin’”.
Brown’s lawyer, Raphael Chiche, has since said the singer “energetically” claimed his own innocence and intends to sue the accuser for defamation.
The woman claims to have met Brown at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on 15 January at around 10:30pm before heading to a nightclub together.
At around 4am the following morning, the Loyal singer and his friends reportedly wanted to return to the hotel and convinced her to join them despite the fact she felt tired.
According to the woman, who has not been named, Brown allegedly followed her to the bathroom and ‘caught’ her by the right arm. The woman claims the R&B singer forced her to enter a dressing room before closing the door.
She alleges the ‘brutal and violent assault lasted 25-30 minutes’.
Brown was previously convicted of assaulting the artist Rihanna, his then-girlfriend, at a pre-Grammys party in 2009.
After admitting the charges, he was sentenced to five years’ probation, one year of domestic violence counselling, and six months of community service.
He was also given a five-year restraining order which required him to stay 50 feet away from Rihanna at all times – reduced to 10 at public events.