The R&B singer Chris Brown filed a false accusation complaint in Paris on Thursday against a woman who accused him of rape last week.
On Tuesday, Mr. Brown was released without charge following questioning by the Paris police over an allegation that he raped a woman at a hotel in the city.
The one-page complaint, submitted by Raphael Chiche, Mr. Brown’s lawyer, asks the Paris Public Prosecutor’s office to investigate the claim as a criminal matter. The charge carries a penalty of five years in prison and a fine of around $50,000. Mr. Chiche did not respond to a request for further comment.
Mr. Brown, 29, was taken into custody on Monday and questioned about an accusation of aggravated rape. A woman filed the complaint with the Paris police on Jan. 18, accusing him of raping her at his hotel after they met at a nightclub.
On Tuesday, after his release, Mr. Brown posted a picture on Instagram that said “This b!tch lyin’.” In the caption for the picture, Mr. Brown wrote in capital letters that he wanted to “make it perfectly clear” that “this is false.”
“For my daughter and my family this is so disrespectful and is against my character and morals,” he wrote. The post is no longer available.
On Wednesday night, Le Parisien, a daily newspaper, published an interview with Mr. Brown’s accuser. Le Parisien said she was 24 years old, originally from Algeria and was studying theater, but the newspaper did not reveal her name.
The woman said that on the night of Jan. 15, she was about to leave a gathering in Mr. Brown’s room at the upscale Mandarin Oriental hotel when she went to the bathroom. There, Mr. Brown assaulted her, she said. She also said that she was later raped by one of Mr. Brown’s bodyguards, then a friend of the singer, too.
“My life’s shattered,” the woman told Le Parisien.
“If I filed a complaint, it’s not for the money,” she added. “If anything, I want justice. And to make sure the horror of what I went through does not happen to another girl.”
Jean-Marc Descoubes, the woman’s lawyer, said in a telephone interview on Thursday that he had not seen Mr. Brown’s complaint. “My client maintains her accusations against Chris Brown and the others. She will be carrying on,” he said.
Mr. Brown has been involved in a string of violent episodes over the past few years. In July, he was arrested in connection with a nightclub dispute from April 2017, when he was accused of punching a photographer in Tampa, Fla. In May, a woman sued him, saying he held her against her will at his Los Angeles house last year while a friend of his raped her. He was arrested in 2016 on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon after a standoff at his home.
In 2009, Mr. Brown pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault on his girlfriend at the time, the singer Rihanna.
Despite the legal troubles, Mr. Brown has remained a popular artist with an ardent fan base. He has won several industry prizes, including the 2012 Grammy for best R&B album for “F.A.M.E.,” and he performed at that year’s Grammy ceremony. His most recent album, “Heartbreak on a Full Moon,” opened at No. 3 on the Billboard album chart in late 2017.
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