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Chris Brown skips Paris hearing over rape accusation

PARIS: US R&B star Chris Brown failed to appear at a hearing on Tuesday in Paris where he had been summoned to a meeting with a Frenchwoman who had accused him of rape.

The 24-year-old claims Brown, his bodyguard and a friend assaulted her on Jan 15 in Paris.

Ms Gloria Allred, the US women's rights lawyer representing the victim, said Brown's no-show was a "scandal". She said: "Does he think he is above the law? Does he think the French justice system is a joke?"

His lawyer said Brown could not attend because of "professional commitments" but would remain "at the disposition of the courts". - AFP

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