The New York Times reported that a woman filed a lawsuit in the Los Angeles County Superior Court against Chris Brown on Wednesday, alleging that she was raped in the singer’s California home, by a friend of his, and held against her will.
The lawsuit states that the alleged attack occurred in the early hours of February 24 of last year, and according to the woman’s attorney, Gloria Allred, called it “one of the most horrific sexual assault cases” that she had ever seen. Allred said that her client was “forced to go to Brown’s house” where the guests were supplied with alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, and molly. Allred continued, “Brown handed each female guest a clear pill filled with white powder and instructed them to take it to have a good time.” Allred’s client says she declined to swallow this pill.
The unidentified woman, referred to as “Jane Doe” in the suit, says that she was held against her will at Brown’s house and raped by his friend Lowell Grissom Jr., who is also named as a defendant in the suit. The woman is also suing an unnamed woman she claims sexually assaulted her. Fifty additional defendants are similarly listed, but not named, in the suit, according to the Times, because the alleged victim does not know their names. Among the criminal acts alleged in the case are sexual battery, gender violence, battery, assault, and civil rights violations.
Brown’s lawyer, Mark Geragos told TMZ on Wednesday that Allred and her client had demanded payment of $17 million from Brown (which Geragos says he personally rejected) before filing the lawsuit. Geragos said, “My investigation shows that none of these allegation are true. Chris is a target.”
Allred denied Geragos’s allegation of prior financial demands, saying, “I never made a demand for any amount of compensation whatsoever, let alone a demand for $17 million.”
While Brown is not named in the suit as the rapist, Allred said that he may have pushed a sofa in front of the bedroom door where the attack allegedly occurred so that the plaintiff was not able to leave, according to Vulture.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department told the Times that it is pursuing an active investigation into the woman’s claims, and that the case has been handed over to the LA County District Attorney’s Office for further processing. Charges have yet to be filed against either Brown or Grissom.