Musician Chris Brown is being sued by an unnamed woman, who has claimed she was sexually assaulted and raped at his Los Angeles mansion by two of his associates.
According to the lawsuit, the alleged attack took place in the early hours of 24 February, last year. Gloria Allred, an American women's-rights attorney who represented some of Bill Cosby's accusers, is representing the woman. She said that it is “one of the most horrific sexual-assault cases” that she had ever seen, in a press conference yesterday.
The alleged victim, who is referred to as Jane Doe in the suit, says she met Brown after being invited to an after-party at a recording studio. She claims she was ordered to hand over her mobile phone and later told she would have to go to Brown's house to retrieve it. When there, guests were supplied with alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and MDMA.
“Brown handed each female guest a clear pill filled with white powder and instructed them to take it to have a good time,” Allred said. Her client says she declined to swallow this pill.
Doe, described as a “young adult” by Allred, said there was an atmosphere of “hardcore partying” that “scared” and “intimidated” her, especially when Brown started playing with several guns, one of which was placed in the waistband of his trousers.
After this, she was allegedly raped several times by Brown’s friend Lowell Grissom, a rapper who performs under the name Young Lo. She had been taken into a room with a group of women, before the door was barricaded shut with a couch.
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
"The lawsuit alleges that while she was at Brown’s house, plaintiff became the victim of horrific sexual assaults which are described in our lawsuit," Allred said in a statement.
"That is why we have filed this case today alleging sexual battery, gender violence, a violation of Ralph Civil Rights Act, battery, assault, interference with the exercise of civil rights, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence."
Brown, specifically, is accused of negligence of premises liability as the owner or controller of the property. She does not accuse him of touching her.
The lawsuit continues that, when Doe had showed reluctance to strip naked and perform sexual acts on Grissom, another woman – named Doe X in the lawsuit, as Doe is not yet aware of the woman’s name – according to the suit "violently grabbed Plaintiff by the throat and forced Plaintiff to perform oral sex on Grissom." Doe X also physically forced the victim to perform oral sex on her.
"To compound Plaintiff's horror, Doe X was menstruating at the time," the complaint reads.
"While Doe X was forcing Plaintiff to perform oral sex on her, Grissom molested the lower half of Plaintiff's body using his mouth and hands. Thus, Plaintiff found herself being sexually battered by two people at the same time."
The lawsuit states that, earlier in the night, Doe’s mother, who had lost contact with her daughter, grew increasingly concerned and tracked her phone to Brown’s home and then called the police. When the police arrived, Brown denied the police access on to his property and the party continued once they left. The police would not comment on this claim.
Afterwards, Grissom finally gave Doe back her phone, but not before he allegedly raped her again in a laundry room. Once she was off the property, she "went to a rape treatment center and to the police where she reported the aforementioned events."
"Jane Doe has been severely traumatised by what she was forced to suffer," said Allred at the press conference. "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."
Brown's representative is yet to comment on the allegations.