Chris Brown is named as a defendant in a lawsuit containing serious allegations of rape.
The suit was filed on Wednesday (May 9) by the high-profile lawyer Gloria Allred. She did so on behalf of a woman who says she was held against her will at the singer’s house in February 2017 during a drug- and alcohol-fueled party. She claims that she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by his friend Lowell Grissom Jr, otherwise known as “Young Lo”. He is also named as a defendant.
The plaintiff is named in the suit as Jane Doe in order to protect her privacy.
Doe is also suing a woman who was allegedly at the house, saying that she forced her into a sexual act without her consent. The female defendant is named in the lawsuit as Doe X because the plaintiff did not know her name. Fifty other defendants present at the house are also unnamed because the accuser did not know their names. Chris Brown has not been accused of touching the accuser.
“This is one of the most horrific cases involving alleged sexual assaults that I have ever seen,” said the plaintiff’s lawyer Gloria Allred at a news conference earlier this week. The case makes serious allegations of sexual battery, gender violence, battery, assault and civil rights violations.
The lawsuit claims that after attending an afterparty at a recording studio – where the plaintiff’s phone was taken away from her against her will – she wanted to leave, but Grissom refused to return it. She says she was forced to go to Brown’s home because she believed she would be able to retrieve her mobile phone there.
“At Brown’s house, Brown provided alcohol and illicit drugs to his guests, and/or the guests consumed drugs that they carried onto the premises,” Allred said at the conference, reading directly from the lawsuit. “The plaintiff believes that the drugs Brown provided to his guests, or that were brought by his guests, were, or included, cocaine, molly [MDMA] and marijuana. Brown handed each female guest, including the plaintiff, a clear pill filled with white powder, and instructed them to take it to have a “good time”. The plaintiff did not follow these instructions, and declined to consume the pill or pills.”
The lawsuit also alleges that at the party, Brown and other guests were openly carrying firearms, which intimidated the accuser. It says that the plaintiff was lured to an upstairs room, in the belief that she would get her mobile phone back and be allowed to leave the property. Instead she was taken into a room containing other women, where she says she was forced to perform sexual acts on both Lowell Grissom Jr and the unnamed woman Doe X. After being allowed to exit the room, she says she was raped in other areas of Brown’s home byLowell Grissom Jr before she was finally allowed to leave the house. The lawsuit says that she went to a rape center that same night, before contacting the police.
Earlier in the night, says the lawsuit, the plaintiff’s mother – unable to contact her daughter – grew concerned about her whereabouts. She tracked the mobile phone to the location of Chris Brown’s house, and called the police.
When police arrived at the property, the suit claims that Brown refused to open the gates, and denied them access. They allegedly left without further action. The police would not comment further on this, reports The New York Times.
The Los Angeles Police Department currently has an active investigation open on the above case, a department spokesman said.
Chris Brown’s lawyer Mark Geragos told TMZ on Wednesday that “Chris is a target.” “My investigation shows that none of these allegations are true,” he said.
He also claimed that prior to filing the lawsuit, Gloria Allred and her client had demanded $17 million from Chris Brown. Responding to this allegation, Allred said: ““I never made a demand for any amount of compensation whatsoever, let alone a demand for $17 million.”