Lawsuit accuses Chris Brown of raping unnamed woman on Florida yacht

LOS ANGELES, Jan 28 (Reuters) – An unidentified woman has filed a lawsuit accusing musician Chris Brown of drugging and raping her on a Florida yacht in December 2020 and seeking $20 million in damages from the Grammy-winning singer.

The civil lawsuit, filed Thursday by a musician and choreographer identified as Jane Doe, says Brown invited her to meet him on Star Island, Florida, the home of rapper Sean Combs. When he arrived, he boarded a yacht and accepted an offer of a drink from Brown while they discussed his career, according to the filing.

After a second drink, the woman suddenly began to feel disoriented and physically unstable, according to the lawsuit. She said Brown dragged her into a room, removed her bikini bottoms and had sex with her without her consent, the suit says.

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An attorney for Brown, 32, and two other representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.

Writing on Instagram, Brown said, “Whenever I’m releasing music or projects, ‘THEY’ try to do real dumb shit,” and included a blue cap emoji, which is used as slang for lies.

62nd Grammy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, USA, January 26, 2020 – Chris Brown. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File photo

Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting singer Rihanna when the couple were dating in 2009, an incident that made headlines around the world after a photo of her bruised face was published.

A woman also accused Brown of raping her in a Paris hotel room in 2019. The singer denied the accusation and filed a defamation lawsuit against the accuser. No charges were filed.

In the new lawsuit, the woman said Brown called her the day after the incident and told her to take an emergency contraceptive pill to prevent pregnancy.

The filing says he saw Brown twice after that encounter. At one such meeting, he became “furious” when she turned down an invitation to his room, the complaint says.

The woman has experienced “dramatic mood swings, loss of appetite, panic attacks and has engaged in self-harm,” says the suit, which was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. She is seeking a jury trial and $20 million in damages.

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Information from Lisa Richwine; Edited by Daniel Wallis

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