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Everything you need to know about the sexual assault case involving Chris Brown

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Inside the sexual assault case involving Chris Brown

A woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous, claims she was held at Chris Brown’s home and sexually assaulted multiple times.

On Wednesday 9 May, lawyer Gloria Allred filed a lawsuit on behalf of an unidentified woman, known only as ‘Jane Doe’, against Chris Brown and two others. 

Here are all the facts about the complicated case.

What do court documents say happened that night?

In the court documents (obtained by TMZ), Doe says she attended an “after party” at Brown’s home on 23 February 2017, after meeting him at 1 OAK nightclub in Los Angeles. She alleges that his friend, Lowell Grissom Jr (also known as Young Lo), took away her mobile phone and refused to let her and four other women leave the property.

The lawsuit goes on to state that “Brown handed each female guest, including [Doe], a clear pill filled with white powder and instructed them to take it to have a ‘good time.’”

Doe says she did not take the pill and decided to remove herself from the activities. However, she found that Brown’s home was enclosed with a gate and fence, with the gate requiring a code making it impossible to leave.

At one point, the woman’s mother became concerned about her daughter and called the police to Brown’s home as she had located her via a tracking device on her daughter’s phone, according to the complaint.

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After police were called, though,  “Brown refused to open the gate” and denied them “access onto his property”. 

Doe says that, at this point, the “general atmosphere” in the house became very intimidating – and she alleges that she saw both Brown and Grissom with multiple guns inside the home. When the police left, she said, the party continued (the police have so far refused to comment on this claim).

Later, in the early hours of 24 February, Grissom allegedly lured Doe and four other women to an upstairs bedroom under false pretences. Brown instructed Grissom to push a couch in front of a door and turned on loud music and pornography to allegedly “cover up the sounds of any resistance” and “create a hyper-sexualised environment in the sealed bedroom.” 

While some women began to engage in sexual activity with Grissom and Brown, Doe refused to undress and made it clear she was not interested in participating. She says this resulted in her being “violently” forced to perform oral sex on Grissom and Brown’s female friend – referred to in documents as Doe X. While this was happening, she says Grissom “molested the lower half of [her] body using his mouth and hands”.

Doe was allegedly then raped by Grissom in other rooms around the property, before her phone was finally returned to her.

It was at this point that the gate was opened, she says, and she was allowed to leave.

What did Doe do after the incident?

The lawsuit states that Doe went to a rape treatment centre and reported the incident to the police. 

Do police have an active investigation open in regard to the incident?

A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department has since confirmed to People.com that a report for an alleged sexual assault at Brown’s residence was taken in February 2017. The case has been forwarded to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for evaluation, the spokesman said.

The district attorney has yet to comment on the case.

Who has been named in the lawsuit – and what crimes have they been accused of?

Brown, Grissom, Doe X and other unnamed defendants are accused of sexual battery, gender violence, hate violence, assault, interference with exercise of civil rights, intentional infliction of emotional distress and more.

Brown, specifically, is accused of negligence of premises liability as the owner or controller of the property. 

What has Gloria Allred said about her client?

In a statement announcing the suit, Allred wrote: “This is one of the most horrific cases involving alleged sexual assaults that I have ever seen, and our client, Jane Doe, has been severely traumatised by what she was forced to suffer.”

Allred continued: “She filed this lawsuit because she wants justice for herself, but she also wants to warn other young women about the potential danger to themselves if they have their phone taken away and if they go to Chris Brown’s house. She does not want any other young woman to endure the violent sexual assaults that she was forced to endure in an environment of guns and drugs.”

Her statement concluded: “We look forward to our client having the opportunity to have her day in court. 

“We want to hold accountable those who were responsible for the gender violence inflicted upon her.”

What has Brown said about the accusations?

Mark Geragos, Brown’s lawyer, told TMZ on Wednesday that, before filing the lawsuit, Allred and her client had demanded $17 million from Mr. Brown, which Mr. Geragos rejected.

“My investigation shows that none of these allegations are true,” he said. “Chris is a target.”

In response, Allred said in part: “I never made a demand for any amount of compensation whatsoever, let alone a demand for $17 million.”

If you have been subject to sexual assault, call 999 to report it to police.

Information and support can be found at nhs.uk, gov.uk and rapecrisis.org.uk.

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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