US singer Chris Brown has been released without charge in Paris after being questioned on suspicion of rape, French police say.
An investigation into the alleged incident is continuing, the Paris prosecutor’s office said.
The star and two other men were arrested on Monday after a 24-year-old woman alleged she was assaulted in a hotel in the city earlier this month.
After his release, Brown took to social media to deny any wrongdoing.
“I want to make it perfectly clear, this is false,” he wrote on Instagram, alongside a picture that said: “This bitch lyin’.”
He added in all-capitals: “I wanna make it perfectly clear…this is false,” before going on to say it was “against my character and morals”.
Brown’s lawyer, Raphael Chiche, said the R&B singer “energetically” professed his innocence and intended to sue for defamation.
The two men arrested with Brown, identified by French media as a bodyguard and a friend, have also reportedly been released.
The alleged incident is said to have occurred at the luxury Mandarin Oriental hotel on 15 January.
This isn’t the singer’s first encounter with the law – he has a number of previous, high-profile convictions for violence.
He received five years’ probation and a community service order for assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna, in his car in 2009.
In 2016, he was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after a woman told police he had threatened her with a gun.
He was later freed, and his lawyer said the accusations against Brown were “demonstrably false”.
Chris Brown arrested in France for alleged rape
R&B singer, Chris Brown, has been arrested in Paris following a rape accusation by a 24-year-old woman.
French officials said Brown and two others were currently in custody after a woman filed a rape allegation in northwest Paris after meeting her in a nightclub, Fox 5 news reported.
The arrests were first reported by French tabloid Closer, which said the three were arrested after the woman alleged she was raped at Brown’s hotel suite on the night of January 15.
Police said one of the others held is Brown’s bodyguard.
The singer was arrested on Monday and remains in custody while police probe the complaint.
The woman is said to have followed the singer to his hotel room where the incident allegedly occurred.
Prosecutors in the French capital confirmed that the 29-year-old faced criminal charges after the alleged sex attack a week ago.
“He is accused of a rape and is being held at the judicial police offices in the 1st arrondissement,” said a prosecuting source.
“He was arrested with two others on Monday, and interviews and other enquiries are ongoing. The offence is said to have taken place on the night of January 15 this year.”
The complainant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she met Brown at a nightclub and then returned to his hotel with other women and a total of three men.
“The woman said she was abused by Brown, a bodyguard, and a friend, and then she was left alone with the star,” said another source in Paris.
“A total of three men were arrested at Brown’s hotel. They did not resist police, and now have lawyers representing them.”
Brown’s publicists at Sony Music would not immediately comment.