LOS ANGELES: American R&B star Chris Brown, who was convicted of assaulting his then-partner Rihanna in 2009, was at the center of a new police investigation Saturday for alleged battery, US media said.
Celebrity website TMZ cited the alleged victim as saying that Brown punched her in the face at a private party in his suite at a Las Vegas hotel early Saturday after she took a photo of him.
The victim, Liziane Gutierrez, told TMZ that she had snuck her cellphone past Brown’s security guards.
TMZ quoted a representative for Brown saying that the claims were “undeniably untrue.”
Police were investigating the allegation, TMZ and other US media said. There was no immediate public reaction from the singer, but he later posted a video on Instagram which was deleted shortly after, reports Mail Online.
In the video he called Liziane ’ugly’ and denied the claims. “Obviously somebody is looking to get a check or start some s***. I don’t know this old looking b****. This b**** is old, like dusty, look at her in the Jason Derulo video. Like she came to Vegas, she probably came to my room and was too ugly to get in,” he said.
In June 2009, Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting pop star Rihanna, who suffered facial injuries and was forced to cancel an appearance at that year’s Grammy Awards.
Brown was sentenced to five years’ probation, a year long domestic violence program and 180 days of community labour.