Chris Brown Suspected of Battery and Theft in Las Vegas
The R&B singer was performing in Las Vegas on New Year's Day.
Singer Chris Brown is a suspect in a case of misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor theft that allegedly occurred Saturday morning at the Palms Casino Resort, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement.
At 10:20 a.m. on Saturday, police responded to a report of battery that occurred inside a Palms hotel suite. When police arrived, the female victim appeared to have minor injuries sustained as a result of battery.
Metro Police determined that the victim was attending a party inside a hotel room at the Palms hotel where an altercation took place over a cellphone. The victim alleges that she was battered by Brown when she took out her cellphone to take a picture of the singer, who then proceeded to take her phone from her. According to police, the victim was escorted out of the room by private security into the hallway, and proceeded to be escorted off the property by hotel security.
The victim later returned to the hotel and reported the incident to Palms' security. Though detectives attempted to contact Brown, they were not permitted entry into the room and later determined that he had left the room before the police arrived.
A representative for Brown said in a statement to THR that the "[victim's] statements are unequivocally untrue" and a possible motive for the accusation was retaliation since she had been removed from the private party due to her "disruptive and out of control" behavior. "Her claim that she had her phone in her possession inside the after party and was able to take a photo causing an altercation with Chris Brown is a complete fabrication," Brown's rep said in the statement. "This seems like a clear case of retaliation for her bruised ego."
A crime report has been taken for misdemeanor theft and misdemeanor battery, listing Brown as the suspect, and the investigation remains ongoing.
Brown was in Las Vegas for the New Year's weekend and performed Jan. 1 at Drai's Beach and Nightclub.
The singer took to his Instagram on Saturday night to address the allegations: