Chris Brown is NOT getting the hell outta Dodge after cops released him … instead he’s hanging around Paris for one good reason — money, and lots of it.
TMZ’s learned the singer is right in the middle of shooting a music video. He was seen performing Wednesday on a Paris street. We’re told he’s honoring his commitment to the project before he takes off Thursday.
We’re told Chris dropped 6 figures on the music vid, so it’s pretty important to make it happen. Our sources say in addition to the music video, he has another project with a dance studio.
Earlier in the day, Brown was seen publicly for the first time since his arrest as he left the Mandarin Oriental Hotel — the same place where the alleged rape went down. He had nothing but love for everybody.
As we reported … he was arrested Monday night by French police on possible rape and narcotics charges, but got released the same day without conditions. Chris was allowed to keep his passport and return home, but he’s clearly not in a hurry to flee.
He’s denied any wrongdoing and says he’s going to sue his accuser for defamation.
Chris Brown is stepping out in public for the first time since being arrested for allegedly raping a woman in a Paris hotel — something he called total BS –.but today he’s spreading a message of love.
Brown was leaving the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Paris Wednesday — the same place where the alleged rape went down — and he had just a few simple words to share, “I love everybody.”
As we reported … Chris was arrested Monday night by French police on possible rape and narcotics charges. The alleged victim told Closer Magazine Brown brutally and violently assaulted her for 25-30 minutes in a dressing room after a night of partying.
Although prosecutors initially told us Chris would have to answer in court and possibly surrender his passport, he was released the same day of the arrest with no conditions. He still has his passport and is free to return to the U.S.
Sources familiar with the Parisian legal system tell us there are signs the case fell apart.
Brown’s attorney, Raphael Chiche, vowed Tuesday — Chris would file a defamation case against the woman.
Chris Brown is going on the offensive after his arrest for allegedly raping a woman in Paris, because he’s going to sue her for defamation.
Chris’ Parisian lawyer, Raphael Chiche, says, “Chris Brown is free. No lawsuits were filed against him. He vigorously challenges the charges against him. A complaint for slanderous denunciation will be filed tomorrow with the public prosecutor of Paris.”
As we reported, Chris claims he was set up by the 24-year-old model, who claimed Chris took her to his hotel in Paris and violently raped her. Chris called BS, saying he was never alone with the women. We’re told he insists he was playing music off his iPhone in the living room of the suite with 20 people around him the entire time.
Brown was released from police custody Tuesday, but prosecutors say the investigation is still ongoing. A source in the judicial system of Paris tells TMZ the fact Brown was released with no conditions and free to leave the country is a sign authorities have problems with the case.
Chris Brown allegedly raped a woman in a hotel dressing room for 25-30 minutes and it was “brutal and violent” — so says Closer Magazine, which posted an article claiming to have interviewed the alleged victim.
Closer, which broke the story Brown was being investigated for rape, calls the woman by a pseudonym — Karima — a 24-year-old model who told the mag she met Brown at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Paris on January 15 at around 10:30 PM and then went to a nightclub.
Karima told Closer at 4 AM Brown and his crew wanted to return to the hotel, and she said she was tired but they convinced her to go back to the Mandarin with a group of people.
She says once inside his suite, she went to the bathroom, Brown followed her and “catches me by the right arm. He makes me enter a sort of dressing room. He closed the door … it lasted 25-30 minutes.”
She describes the alleged rape as “brutal and violent.” She says she was then “abused” by one of Brown’s friends and a bodyguard.
Karima says she went to cops 2 days later, adding she was scared but ultimately decided she didn’t want Brown to “be able to do the same things to other girls.”
Someone connected to Brown tells us the singer was never alone with the alleged victim and says Chris’ girlfriend, Ammika Harris, was in the hotel room the whole time. He says there were more than 20 people in the room “hanging out” and listening to music Brown was playing on his iPhone.
We have reached out to Brown’s U.S. lawyer for a response, but so far no word back.
Chris Brown and two members of his team have been detained by French police and are in custody after a woman claims she was raped by the singer in a hotel.
Frech authorities confirm to TMZ Brown has been detained and is in custody for alleged aggravated rape and narcotics offenses. Authorities go on to say he is being processed, which appears to be the French version of arrested and booked.
The woman says she met Brown overnight between January 15-16 at club Le Crystal and then headed back to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel with the singer where she claims to have been raped.
Investigators have two days to decide to file preliminary charges or to let Brown go.
As we reported … in 2009 Brown was charged with felony assault and making criminal threats after he brutally attacked Rihanna in Los Angeles. The beating left Rihanna with visible facial injuries to her eyes and mouth which required hospitalization.
Brown pled guilty to a felony and was sentenced to community service, 5 years probation and domestic violence counseling.
Chris Weidman has his sights set on Jon Jones for his next fight … telling TMZ Sports he’s, “Always imagined going up and taking his belt.”
Of course, Weidman’s dealing with a neck injury … and says surgery might be an option — but once he’s cleared — he’s gunnin’ for Jones.
“He’s been on my radar since I was a champion and he was champion at 205. I always imagined going up and taking his belt.”
Weidman even threw some shade Jon’s way … saying the guy can’t be considered the G.O.A.T. ’cause of his positive PED tests!!!
Jon’s next fight is Anthony Smith at UFC 235 — but he is lookin’ for a ’bout after that … and Chris says even if he needs surgery — he’ll DEFINITELY be ready to fight sometime in 2019.
So … could the fight go down?? Stay tuned.
Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger will be together forever — it’s an absolute lock, and we know this because she did something for him early Friday morning … that almost NO one in L.A. does.
Ya probably wouldn’t believe this if we didn’t get it on video, but here it is — Katherine behind the wheel at 7 AM, driving her fiance and dropping him off at LAX!! If you live in L.A., or even if you’ve flown here, you know the airport is an absolute nightmare.
Kat stayed in the car as we congratulated Chris on their engagement, and chatted about a possible best man for their wedding. You gotta see him, because the smile on Chris’ face screams one thing: My girl will do ANYTHING for me.
We got even more proof they’re rock solid on Thursday night … as the couple did dinner with Katherine’s mom and brother — Maria Shriver and Chris Schwarzenegger — and Pratt’s son, Jack.
The goodbye scene outside the Smoke House Restaurant in Burbank was straight out of a Hallmark card. Jack had big hugs for Katherine’s bro and also for Nana Maria.
Super sweet … but still pales in comparison to the scene at LAX.
Chris, you got a real one. And Katherine, thanks for making the rest of us schlubs look bad.
Chris Hansen‘s larceny arrest is no shocker to the people who funded his “To Catch a Predator” reboot — they say Hansen came up short with them long before Johnny Law caught him.
The former host launched a Kickstarter campaign in 2015 to start a new show about himself catching predators. His goal was $ 75k and he offered tiered prizes to anyone who donated.
Some of those prizes included the custom mugs and shirts Hansen got from the vendor in Connecticut — and allegedly tried to pay for with 2 bounced checks … leading to his arrest this week.
As it turns, out … he apparently failed to deliver on the goods to a handful of his donors too, many of whom are furious. Chris’ Kickstarter page is flooded with comments — dating back years — complaining about getting partial prizes, delayed prizes, or just bupkis.
As of Thursday, $ 89k has been raised.
A rep for Kickstarter told us their policy is clear — anyone who’s got issues with a fundraising campaign has to take it up with the creator, and it’s ALL on the creator to make things right.
Translation: Got beef? Talk to Hansen.
We’ve reached out to Chris, but so far … radio silence.
Chris Hansen‘s appears to be having a rough time, at least financially — he’s getting booted from his home in Manhattan … TMZ has learned.
According to legal docs … the former host of “To Catch a Predator” last paid rent in August 2018, but was $ 400 short, and stopped sending checks altogether after that. So, the owner of the pad went to court in October and filed paperwork to have Chris evicted.
In the eviction docs, the landlord says Chris owes $ 400 for August, plus $ 3,600 for September.
Hansen was ordered out of the apartment last week by a judge and given 10 days to vacate. The official eviction day is Friday, and city marshals are set to perform removal services then.
As we reported, Hansen was arrested Monday in Stamford, Connecticut for larceny — he allegedly bounced a couple checks to cover a $ 13k tab for a bunch of merch he bought.
We reached out to Chris for comment on the eviction. So far, no word back.