Lawyer accuses Chris Brown of 'disrespect' in rape case

PARIS (AP) — The lawyer for a woman who filed a rape complaint in Paris against Chris Brown says the American singer-songwriter "has thumbed his nose at and shown disrespect for the French legal system" after he did not attend a formal meeting with the alleged victim on Tuesday.

Brown was arrested in January then released from custody without charge pending further investigation of the woman's allegations that he and two other men raped her at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Paris. The Grammy winner called the accusation false.

"His failure to appear today is very unfair to my client, but I assure him that my client will not be deterred from seeking justice," said American lawyer Gloria Allred, who traveled to Paris judicial police's headquarters to assist her client at the meeting, which in France is called a confrontation.

The woman's French lawyer, Jean-Marc Descoubes, said Brown was not legally obliged to attend the meeting. The two other suspects, both American, did not attend the meeting either, Descoubes said, adding he expects another date to be set.

"If he doesn't show up a second time we will have to either ask for the preliminary investigation to be closed (to allow for an investigative judge take over the procedure) because we just can't keep going like this. Or we will ask the prosecutor to put in place more coercive measures, a warrant to get him to come because the confrontation requested by our client is key to this case - a sexual abuse case," he said.

Brown's French lawyer, Raphael Chiche, did not immediately answer an email from The Associated Press seeking comment.

French police detained Brown and the two others in January on potential charges of aggravated rape and drug infractions. The Paris prosecutor's office said at the time the investigation hasn't been closed, but Brown was free to leave the country while it continued.

Allred said Brown "has betrayed the trust of the criminal justice authorities who allowed him to leave France expecting that he would honor his promise to attend the confrontation."

The AP does not typically identify people alleging sexual assault unless they agree to be named or come forward publicly. Descoubes told the AP his client does not want to be identified.

Brown burst onto the music scene as a teenager and won a Grammy Award in 2011 for best R&B album for "F.A.M.E." He has had continued legal troubles since he pleaded guilty to the felony assault in 2009 of his then-girlfriend, Rihanna.

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Singer Rihanna inside the Los Angeles Superior Court during the hearing in the Chris Brown felony assault case, on June 22, 2009. The incident shocked the music world and left Rihanna nursing cuts and bruises to her face, forcing her to cancel a scheduled performance at the Grammys in Los Angeles later that day. AFP PHOTO/POOL/Lori SHEPLER (Photo credit should read Lori SHEPLER/AFP/Getty Images)
Singer Chris Brown inside the Los Angeles Superior Court during the hearing in his felony assault case, against Rihanna, on June 22, 2009. R&B singer Chris Brown has pleaded guilty to assaulting former girlfriend Rihanna and will be sentenced to 180 days of community labor for the attack, lawyers said June 22, 2009 AFP PHOTO/POOL/Lori SHEPLER (Photo credit should read Lori SHEPLER/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Singer Chris Brown attends a progress hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Brown was first placed on probation after the 2009 domestic violence case in which he plead guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson - Pool/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01: R&B singer Chris Brown appears in court for a probation violation hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court on May 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Brown has been ordered to remain jailed without bail until another court hearing set for May 9. Brown has been on probation since pleading guilty to assaulting his then girlfriend, singer Rihanna, after a pre-Grammy Awards party in 2009. He has been in anger management treatment program and performing community service requirements. Brown and his bodyguard Christopher Hollosy are also facing misdemeanor simple assault charges after from an incident outside the W hotel in Washington D.C. last October. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23: Singer Chris Brown attends a progress hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court on October 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Brown was first placed on probation after the 2009 domestic violence case in which he plead guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 20: Chris Brown attends his probation violation hearing at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center on March 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The judge ended Brown's probation and closed the assault case involving then-girlfriend Rihanna after six years. Brown was first placed on probation after the 2009 domestic violence case in which he plead guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 17: R&B singer Chris Brown appears in court with his attorney Mark Geragos for a probation violation hearing during which his probation was revoked by a Los Angeles Superior judge on March 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The singer was arrested March 14, 2014 and is being held without bail. Brown was first placed on probation after the 2009 domestic violence case in which he plead guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson-Pool\Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: Recording artist Chris Brown and attorney Mark Geragow during Brown's court appearance on July 15, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Brown appeared in court for a probation review hearing related to the 2009 domestic violence case in which he pleaded guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend singer Rihanna. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Recording artist Chris Brown listens to the judge during his court appearance on June 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Brown appeared in court for a probation review hearing related to the 2009 domestic violence case in which he pleaded guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 1: R&B singer Chris Brown appears in court for a probation progress report hearing on November 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna, after a pre-Grammy Awards party in 2009. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: R&B singer Chris Brown (R) looks at his attorney, Mark Geragos, as he appears in court for a probation progress report hearing on September 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna, after a pre-Grammy Awards party in 2009. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Singer Chris Brown (2nd R) listens with his lawyer Mark Geragos (R) inside the Los Angeles Superior Court during the sentencing in his felony assault case against Rihanna, on August 25, 2009. Brown was sentenced to five years probation and 1400 hours of community orientated labour. The incident shocked the music world and left Rihanna nursing cuts and bruises to her face, forcing her to cancel a scheduled performance at the Grammys in Los Angeles later that day. AFP PHOTO/POOL/Rick LOOMIS (Photo credit should read RICK LOOMIS/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Singer Chris Brown (L) and attorney Mark Geragos attend a sentencing at the Superior Court of Los Angeles County on August 5, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Brown's probation was 5 years probation and 180 days of community labor, as the result of a plea deal, after he was charged with two felonies for assault on then girlfriend, the singer Rihanna, during an argument that occurred on February 8, 2009. (Photo by Rick Loomis-Pool/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 05: Singer Chris Brown attends a sentencing at the Superior Court of Los Angeles County on August 5, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Brown's probation was the result of a plea deal, after he was charged with two felonies for assault on then girlfriend, the singer Rihanna, during an argument that occurred on February 8, 2009. Sentencing was postponed until August 27th. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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