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Singer Chris Brown detained in Paris over rape accusation

Chris Brown has been in the news more often in recent years for his legal troubles than his music
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American R&B star Chris Brown is being questioned by police in Paris after being accused of rape, French and American media reports said Tuesday.

A woman has accused Brown, along with his bodyguard and a friend, of raping her in the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Paris on Tuesday night last week, a source close to the case told AFP on condition of anonymity.

He is also being questioned over a suspected drugs offense, the source said.

French celebrity magazine Closer first reported Brown's arrest earlier Tuesday, saying the 24-year-old woman had met the star in a nightclub near the Champs-Elysees before agreeing to go back to his hotel suite.

Le Figaro newspaper had reported earlier that Brown, who has a history of violence, was in the French capital attending shows during men's fashion week.

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In 2009, an argument between Brown and then-girlfriend Rihanna before the Grammy Awards escalated into physical violence, leaving Rihanna with visible facial injuries which required her hospitalization.

Brown turned himself in to Los Angeles Police and was charged with felony assault and making criminal threats. Brown pleaded guilty and accepted a plea deal of community labor, five years' formal probation, and domestic violence counseling.

In 2016, he was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon following a standoff with Los Angeles police, after a woman said he threatened her at his home.

He also pleaded guilty to assaulting a fan in Washington in 2014 and was accused of violence by a woman in Las Vegas.

Brown was discovered by record label scouts when he was a boy working at his father's gas station in the US state of Virginia.

First identified as a rapper, he then found success with his rich singing voice, but he has been in the news more often in recent years for his legal troubles.

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