Las Vegas police are investigating claims Chris Brown assaulted a woman at a hotel on New Year’s Day (January 1).
Police received a report of battery at the Palms Casino Report at 10am yesterday (January 2) and found a woman “who appeared to have minor injuries sustained as a result of a battery,” according to a statement published by NBC.
The unnamed woman alleges she was punched in the face after asking Brown for a photograph. The artists publicist has dismissed the allegations as “unequivocally untrue.”
“The victim was alleged to have been battered by Brown, who at the same time took her cell phone,” the police statement says. “A verbal altercation took place as the victim was escorted out of the room by private security and into the hallway.”
The force added that Brown had left his hotel when they turned up to look into the woman’s complaint. The singer was in Las Vegas to perform a New Year’s Day gig at Drai’s Night Club.
Nicole Perna, Brown’s publicist, said her client’s attorney has contacted Las Vegas police and alleged that the woman had been escorted out of the private party for “being disruptive and out of control.”
“Once she was in the hallway, while waiting for Chris Brown’s security to bring out her phone, she had a total meltdown — throwing her purse to the ground and claiming that she “could buy everyone in the hotel” — as witnessed by numerous people,” Perna said in an email statement. “Her claim that she had her phone in her possession inside the after party and was able to take a photo causing an altercation with Chris Brown is a complete fabrication.”
Brown finished a period of six years on probation in 2015, issued after he attacked then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.
Brown’s past continues to impact on his career, with the singer banned from Australia in December due to his domestic violence convictions.
He was also dropped from a Daily Show appearance in the US, following protests from staff.