Controversial American singer Chris Brown has been arrested in Paris over allegations of aggravated rape and drug violations, CNN reported citing French judicial sources.
Brown and two other unidentified people, one of whom is to believed to be his bodyguard, were in police custody as of Monday as investigations continue.
The arrests reportedly followed allegations by a 42-year-old woman, who said the singer raped her on the evening of January 15 at a hotel in the French capital.
According to reports, Brown is alleged to have met the woman at the Le Crystal nightclub near the Champs-Elysees and taken her back to the Mandarin Oriental hotel, where he is accused of having sexually assaulted her.
The alleged victim reportedly claimed Brown attacked her when they were alone at the hotel The women has also accused Brown's bodyguard and a friend of the singer of abusing her.
Paris prosecutors now have the option of releasing Brown and his associates or opening a criminal investigation. The US embassy in Paris is yet to comment on the case.
The singer has had several run-ins with the law, including physical assault of his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. He was charged with a felony assault and making criminal threats in that incidents.
He was sentenced to five years' probation and community service. Most recently before the Paris incident, he was arrested on a felony battery charge for punching a man who photographed him without permission. He was released on a bail and fine of $2,000.
In 2013, Brown and his bodyguard were arrested and charged with felony assault after an alleged altercation outside a hotel in Washington. He was released from court without bail.
Later that year, he was thrown out the rehab program after smashing his mother's car window during a family program.
The judge immediately ordered him to be put in another rehab program.He was hit with a probation violation in March 2014 for being booted from the rehab facility, and a judge put him in jail.