R&B singer Chris Brown is arrested in Paris on suspicion of rape

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CNN reports that Chris Brown was arrested in Paris, France, and stands accused of "aggravated rape and drug violations".

Chris Brown has been released from police custody - without being charged, according to the Paris prosecutor's office. The woman told police she then accompanied Brown and his friends to his hotel room at the Mandarin Oriental in central Paris.

The AFP reports Brown was released without charge on Tuesday, though the investigation into the incident continues. "This Bitch Lyin'" reads an image posted to his Instagram page.

The singer remains in custody while the police are investigating the matter.

Chris Brown in Paris, France, on January 17, 2019.

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The woman told police that she met Brown at a nightclub and he invited her back to his hotel room along with another woman.

Few details are known about the complaint against Brown and the other men, one of whom is a bodyguard for the singer.

In 2009, Brown was sentenced to five years probation and 180 days of community labor after pleading guilty to felony assault for beating then-girlfriend Rihanna.

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.

In 2016, he was arrested in Los Angeles after a woman said he had pointed a gun at her. The woman - identified by the pseudonym "Karima" - is described as a 24-year-old model. The alleged victim reportedly said she'd met Brown and members of his crew on the night of January 15, leading into January 16, while at the club Le Crystal in the city's 8th arrondissement.

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