Chris Brown proclaims his innocence after rape claim in Paris

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chris-brown-photo-1.jpgAmerican R&B singer Chris Brown was arrested in Paris on suspicion of rape after a 25-year-old woman has accused Brown of raping her on the evening of January 15 at a five-star hotel in the French capital. He was released without charge after spending hours at the police station and has subsequently used social media to declare his innocence.

Brown and two other people - one of whom is believed to be his bodyguard - were held in Paris as police investigated allegations of sexual assault and 'drug infractions'.

He is alleged to have met the woman at a nightclub near the Champs-Elysees and taken her back to the Mandarin Oriental hotel, where he is accused of having attacked her.

A source close to the case claimed that 'a number of the suspects were carrying cocaine, which police found at the hotel after responding to a complaint.'

The woman accused Brown of raping her after they met at Le Crystal nightclub. She is then said to have returned to the Mandarin Oriental hotel with other women and a total of three men.

The alleged victim claimed Brown had attacked her when they were left alone together. The woman has also accused Brown's bodyguard and another friend of the singer of assaulting her.

The singer's bodyguard is one of the two other men detained, according to police officials.

'The woman said she was abused by Mr Brown, a bodyguard, and a friend, and then she was left alone with the star,' said another source in Paris.

'A total of three men were arrested at Mr Brown's hotel. They did not resist police, and now have lawyers representing them.'

Brown was arrested on Monday and although he has been released police are still investigating the claims, they said.

The musician has been seen in the French capital in recent days attending events in the city's fashion week.