A woman filed a $20 million lawsuit in Los Angeles County Thursday, accusing Chris Brown of drugging and raping her shortly after she met the R&B singer at a party in 2020 thrown by Sean “P. Diddy” Combs in Miami.
According to the suit, the woman is a professional L.A. musician and choreographer identified only as “Jane Doe” for fear of reprisals. She alleges that in December of that year she was FaceTime-ing with a friend in Miami when Brown took the friend’s phone and “told her that he had heard about her music and urged her to head over to Diddy’s home on Star Island as soon as possible.”
Jane Doe claims that shortly after arriving at Diddy’s party she and Brown boarded a yacht docked outside. It is unclear if the yacht is owned by Combs.
Brown next allegedly gave her two drinks, after which she says she began to “feel a sudden, unexplained change in consciousness.”
The filing accuses Brown of acting “with the intent to cause harmful or offensive contact when he drugged Plaintiff Jane Doe’s drink,” and alleges that, “Plaintiff Jane Doe felt disoriented, physically unstable, and started to fall in and out of sleep. Defendant Chris Brown then led a drugged, half-sleep Plaintiff Jane Doe down a corridor and into a bedroom.”
Next, the alleged victim claims Brown closed the door and “barred Plaintiff Jane Doe’s attempt to leave, threw Plaintiff Jane Doe on a bed, removed her bikini bottoms, started kissing her” and “ignored” her please to stop.
The suit also asserts that after allegedly raping Doe, Brown “jumped up and announced he was ‘done'” before telling her contact him in the future so they could talk about her music career.
Brown continued to contact Doe in the following weeks and “demanded” that she take a “Plan B” pill to prevent pregnancy, which she did, according to the lawsuit.
Last January, Doe says she went to Brown’s California home to listen to music with him and his producer, another woman, and visited him a second time in February.
On that occasion, she claims, Brown “became loud and irate” when she refused to go with him to his bedroom, called her a “slut” and “ranted that she ‘would never make it as an artist’ unless she was willing to do what it ‘takes’—implying to her that sex with him was a condition to being a successful artist.”
While Brown’s reps have not yet commented on the accusations, Brown wrote on his Instagram Story, “Whenever I’m releasing music or projects, ‘THEY’ try to pull some real bulls–t.” Brown added a cap emoji, signifying “lies.”
“We have no idea who ‘they’ are,” Doe’s lawyer, George Vrabeck said in a statement Friday. “Ariel Mitchell and I are attorneys representing a young woman that was raped. Come on, we’re not the Illuminati. We intend to hold ALL parties accountable so that we might begin to eradicate this behavior from our society.”
Mitchell added, “This is what all abusers say. We look forward to our day in court.”
Jane Doe is suing for sexual battery and rape, false imprisonment, emotional distress, and violation of the gender violence statute.
Brown pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault charges for punching a fan in 2014. In 2009, he was sentenced to five years probation and six months of community labor after pleading guilty to felony assault charges in Los Angeles Superior Court for savagely beating then-girlfriend Rihanna.
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