Chris Brown, his bodyguard, and a friend were arrested yesterday in Paris after a woman accused them of raping her in a hotel. The alleged rape victim has now spoken out.
The 24-year-old model claims she was raped by three men including rapper Chris Brown during a drug-fuelled party that turned ‘violent and brutal’ at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Paris.
The unnamed woman says she was attacked by Chris Brown, his bodyguard, and a family friend. Her allegation led to an investigation which resulted in the arrest of Chris Brown, and his companions on Monday. Brown and co are still in custody in a Paris police station facing the threat of criminal charges that could see them imprisoned.
In an interview with French Closer magazine, the woman said she met Chris 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 arrived at Chris Brown’s room at the five-star hotel.
The woman adds:
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.
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.
There, Brown allegedly raped her. Describing the attack, the woman said:
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.
The woman said she finally escaped by lying that she had to go to bed because she had classes the following day.
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.
The alleged rape happened on January 16 but the woman didn’t go to the police until January 18. She said this is because she was scared due to the fact that they have her address, her phone number, and her picture.
Speaking on what made her finally go to the police, she said:
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.
When asked if other women there were raped too, she said:
I don’t know. 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.
Chris Brown, his bodyguard, and his friend face charges of ‘aggravated rape’ and ‘violation of drugs legislation’, including using a ‘banned drug’.