ABC/Randy HolmesChris Brown is allegedly gearing up to take legal action against the woman who's accused him of raping her in a Paris hotel room, TMZ has learned.
Brown's French lawyer, Raphael Chiche, told TMZ that his client adamantly denies the allegations and plans to challenge them in court.
"Chris Brown is free. No lawsuits were filed against him," Chiche said in a statement to the website. "He vigorously challenges the charges against him. A complaint for slanderous denunciation will be filed tomorrow with the public prosecutor of Paris."
As previously reported, the "Undecided" crooner was arrested on Tuesday in Paris after an unidentified woman filed a complaint which claimed that Brown and two other men had sexually assaulted her in a hotel room. Brown has since been released from police custody and at present does not face any charges.
Shortly after the ordeal, the singer addressed the allegations head on.
"I wanna make it perfectly clear....... This is false and a whole lot of c[r]ap!," Brown wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post.
"For my daughter and my family this is so disrespectful and is against my character and morals!!!!!"
According to TMZ, Brown is free to leave the country, but an official investigation regarding the alleged incident is reportedly still taking place.
Courtesy of DKC O&MThe previously reported stage musical based on Michael Jackson's life, sanctioned by the late King of Pop's estate, now has a title and a premiere date.
The show, currently in development, is called Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough and will begin its first performances in Chicago at the James M. Nederlander Theatre on October 29.
The musical's initial run is scheduled through December 1, and it'll come to Broadway in 2020.
Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough is set behind-the-scenes in 1992, as Jackson rehearses for his Dangerous tour. As Michael and his collaborators prepare for the performances of his various classic songs, audiences are transported to key moments in the entertainer's career. The show will include more than 25 of Jackson's hits.
As previously reported, the musical is being written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage, while Tony-winner Christopher Wheeldon will direct and choreograph the show.
Tickets for the show's Windy City run are available now for groups of 10 or more via the Broadway in Chicago theater production company's group-sales office by phoning 312-977-1710.
Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough will also be part of the next Broadway in Chicago subscription package, which will go on sale in the spring.
Miller MobleyMeek Mill and JAY Z are teaming up with a number of sports figures -- including New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft -- for an important new initiative designed to transform the American criminal justice system.
At a press conference in New York City on Wednesday, Meek, Jay, Kraft, Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin, Brooklyn Nets co-owner Clara Wu Tsai and others announced the REFORM Alliance, which will share time, resources, energy and platforms to make the maximum impact. CNN's Van Joneswill be the alliance's CEO.
Formed in the wake of Meek's prison sentence, which saw him sentenced to two-to-four years for a 2017 probation violation, the REFORM Alliance will work to pass probation and parole bills at the state level, and to call for comprehensive reform.
"Creating the REFORM Alliance is one of the most important things I've ever done in my life," said Meek in a statement. " If you thought my case was unfair, there are millions of others dealing with worse situations...we want to change outdated laws, give people hope and reform a system that's stacked against us."
And at the press conference, Meek told reporters, "I'm here to speak for the people who don't have a voice. I come from that side of the wall."
"I didn't ask to be the face of reform," he added. "I don't want to be the face of anything. I just wanna bridge gaps and make the world a better place, especially for my culture and the environment I grew up [in], where the system...[is] basically targeted for people that look like me."
Currently, there are an estimated 6.6 million people in the U.S. who are either in prison, on probation or paroled.
Jorda FrantzisCardi B and Lil Jon will both appear in Pepsi's Super Bowl ad, along with Steve Carell. The beverage company has released teasers for the ad starring all three celebrities.
In the teaser featuring Cardi, she's sitting at a table in a diner with a can of Pepsi in front of her, and tapping her nails -- painted Pepsi blue and red -- on the can. Cut to a graphic reading "02.03.OK," as we hear Cardi's signature "Okurrrrrrr!"
In Lil Jon's teaser, he's standing behind the counter at a diner wearing a Pepsi varsity jacket, filling up a cup of Pepsi, which appears to be bottomless. Then he says his "OK!" catchphrase, as we again see the graphic "02.03.OK."
In the teaser with Carell, he's sitting at the diner counter, reading the script for the commercial. He starts laughing, looks at the camera, shrugs and says, "We'll see!" Then the graphic "02.03.OK" appears.
From the teasers, we can assume that the spot is based around the expression "O.K." -- which explains why Cardi and Lil Jon are included.
You can see the entire spot during the big game on February 3, as the Patriots take on the Rams in Atlanta.
Insecure actress and comedian Amanda Seales, often known for her unfiltered social commentary, is weighing in on the controversy surrounding this year's Super Bowl performances by Gladys Knight and Chloe X Halle.
Seales says she's disappointed that both Knight and the sister duo have agreed to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "America The Beautiful" respectively, and adds that she's even more confused by Knight's contention that she can somehow "give the Anthem back its voice" and help to unite people.
"Gladys Knight definitely said she feels like she can give back the power, the patriotism to 'The Star-Spangled Banner,'" Seales tells ABC Radio.
"Sis, 'The Star-Spangled Banner' was written by a racist and it has racist lyrics in it," she adds. "So, even if you're not singing those [specific lyrics], you're singing a song that contains them. You cannot give it back a power it never should have had in the first place."
But even though Seales is against the idea of both artists contributing to the NFL's biggest game, she says that there may be a solution. Specifically, she thinks the two acts can redeem themselves...IF they manage to turn both songs on their heads.
"Listen, I say all that to say [that] if they each go out there and do their own rendition of 'Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing'....Hey, listen, I stand corrected!" she laughs.
"If you Spook By the Door the situation, I'm all here for it," she adds, referring to the Sam Greenlee's 1969 novel, The Spook Who Sat by the Door, which focuses on the importance of black nationalism.
Black Phoenix EnterprisesRyan Leslie has returned from his musical hiatus to gift fans with his newest effort, Fleurier Flows.
Just four tracks long, the EP finds the seasoned songwriter and producer once again showcasing his unique talents behind the mic. Throughout the course of the project, Leslie's range and effortless appeal is still very much intact as heard on the lead single, “Forever My Love.”
Upon the project's release, Leslie also shared an accompanying visual for the track, which finds him basking in paradise as he croons about his admiration for his lover.
Fleurier Flows serves as Leslie's first project since 2015's MZRT, andis currently available on all streaming services.
ABC/Randy HolmesOn the heels of the release of his seventh studio album, The WIZRD,Future has unleashed a new video for one of the LP's standout tracks, "Rocket Ship."
The Uncle Leff-directed clipfindsthe Atlanta lyricist hazily reflecting on his past life as a recreational drug abuser, as he stalks back and forth in an enclosed shipping container. Throughout the video, Future is also joined by his masked crew on dirt bikes.
The barely two-minute cut follows his previously released luxe visuals for "Crushed Up" and "Jumpin on a Jet."
In other Future-related news, the Freebandz ringleader's latest effort is projected to sell 120,000 to 130,000 units in its first week.
Chris Brown is denying the rape allegations against him.
As previously reported, the singer, a man identified as his bodyguard, and another man were arrested in Paris for "aggravated rape and drug-related infractions," according to a French judicial source. He was detained on Monday and released Tuesday night. However, a judicial source tells ABC News that "the investigations are still ongoing."
Chris has not been charged with a crime. Authorities had two more days to formally charge him. It's unclear if he is free to leave France.
The singer posted on Instagram a graphic that reads, "THIS B**CH LYIN'." In the caption, he wrote in all caps, "I WANNA MAKE IT PERFECTLY CLEAR......THIS IS FALSE AND A WHOLE LOT OF C[R]AP!"
He added, "NNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEERRRRRR!!!!!! FOR MY DAUGHTER AND MY FAMILY THIS IS SO DISPRESPECTFUL AND IS AGAINST MY CHARACTER AND MORALS!!!!!"
In 2015, Brown, father to four-year-old daughter Royalty, completed probation stemming from the 2009 felony assault of his then-girlfriend, Rihanna. However, he's been in trouble with the law since.
In 2016, he was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, and in 2018, he was busted on a felony battery charge.
Steven Ferdman/Getty ImagesJ. Cole fans, rejoice.The North Carolina phenom will be returning with new music very soon.
After purging his Instagram account of all its photos, the 4 Your Eyez Only lyricist took to social media to share that he'll be unleashing a new track titled "Middle Child" on Wednesday.
In the post's caption, Cole also revealed that the forthcoming single is produced by frequent collaborator T-Minus. The duo previously worked on the KOD deep-cut "Kevin's Heart."
As previously reported, the Dreamville ringleader's wiping of his Instagram prompted fans to speculate that he would soon be delivering a new album.
It's also worth noting that Cole's new track could easily be a feature from the previously announced Revenge of The Dreamers III compilation album, considering he announced just last week that the recording sessions had wrapped.
Prince Williams/WireimageDrake and Tory Lanez are taking their talents overseas as they embark on their joint European tour, Assassination Vacation.
Tuesday morning, Drizzy announced via Instagram that he'll be hitting the road with his fellow Toronto artist. The international trek finds the duo performing six shows at London's The O2 arena, as well as shows in Dublin, Ireland and Manchester, England, followed by gigs in Paris, Amsterdam and Antwerp.
While tensions have previously flared between the rappers, their beef officially came to an end when Drake invited Lanez to join him on stage during a performance at Madison Square Garden late last year.
Lanez reveled in the news of their forthcoming collab by sharing the tour's official flyer via social media, along with the caption "FIRST TIME EVER !!!"
Assassination Vacation is slated to kick off on March 10 in Manchester. Tickets will made available for purchase on Friday, via Live Nation.
Top DawgAftermathInterscopeKendrick Lamar now has a shot at putting an Oscar on his shelf next to his Pulitzer Prize.
The lyricist has been nominated for Best Original Song at the 91st Annual Academy Awards for "All the Stars," which he co-wrote for Black Panther. SZA, who co-wrote the song with him, is also nominated.
Black Panther has a whopping seven nominations in all, including Best Picture, making it the first superhero film to be so honored.
Kendrick and SZA's competition for the Best Original Song includes "I'll Fight" from the documentary RBG; "Shallow" from A Star Is Born, "The Place Where Lost Things Go" from Mary Poppins Returns and "When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings" from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
"All the Stars" is also nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards on February 10.
The 91st Academy Awards air February 24, live on ABC.
Monty Brinton/CBSTamar Braxton made her official debut on Celebrity Big Brother Monday night, but ahead of the second season's premiere the R&B singer shared just how she plans on dealing with any anticipated drama while on the show.
“I’m going to go to sleep when there’s drama so my name is not in the mix," Braxton told Entertainment Weekly.
"‘Cause even if I’m in the room and don’t say nothing, it’s just “Tamar said….” So I’m going to go to bed.”
While Braxton is no novice to the world of reality TV, as the star of Braxton Family Values, she has previously mentioned that she simply wants to walk away with her "sanity" upon the show's conclusion.
As for her game-winning strategy, the Calling All Lovers vocalist is playing it coy when it comes to participating on her "favorite show in the whole wide world."
“I don’t want to put that kind of pressure on me and say I’m going to win Big Brother," Braxton told ET. "I feel like like I’m going to come in around third or second or something.”
This season, Braxton joins a long list of other high-profile celebs including Anthony Scaramucci, Kandi Burruss, Kato Kaelin, Joey Lawrence, Dina Lohan, Ryan Lochte , Lolo Jones, Ricky Williams and more.
Kevin Tachman/amfAR/Getty Images for amfARTeyana Taylor has shut down a wild rumor that her husband Iman Shumpert impregnated another woman during a threesome.
In an tweet Monday, Taylor responded to a fan who asked her if the girl she "brought home to have a threesome with.. is pregnant?"
According to the rumor, adult film actress Alby Rydes allegedly participated in the couple's threesome, which led to her giving birth to Shumpert's child. Taylor unintentionally added fuel to the rumor by deleting her Instagram account on the same day.
But in her response, Taylor wrote, "1. I’ve never seen/touched that girl in my life. 2. My page is gone because I’m upset at [my record label] @defjam for not dropping my damn ‘WTP’ video on time, per usual. 3. It’s really sad that lies are entertained so much than the truth. 4. Iman is not dumb he know I’d kill him. End of story.”
When a fan questioned Taylor as to why her hubby was liking Rydes' photos of a baby, Teyana hit back with some simple facts.
"Cause it’s a baby picture!" she wrote. "You answered ya own question lol you gotta be at a high level of insecurity to get mad over heart eyes on a innocent/baby pic. I’m just not that girl, I’m sorry. That doesn’t bother me."
Rydes also denied that Shumpert is the father of her baby in an Instagram Story, captured by Love B. Scott.
“I refuse to entertain fake rumors,” she wrote. “Life is too big and time is too short to get caught up in empty drama..BUT to protect my energy i have to respond. Whoever is spread these rumors just now ITS FAKE NEWS AND IT AINT HIS BABY...I had my baby with the man i was dating and that man aint Iman."
Isa Terli/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesAzealia Banks' recent travels to the U.K. were upended after the rapper allegedly engaged in a spat with an airline employee. Monday morning, Banks took to Instagram to share an emotional plea with fans regarding the ordeal.
“It’s like every time I come into the U.K. there’s always some f****** s*** with these airline people. They’re always starting s*** with me,” a tearful Banks explained via her Instagram story.
According to the Fantasea star, while en route to Dublin from London on an Aer Lingus flight, she was questioned by an airline employee about her passport. Banks went on to say that when she couldn't answer the flight attendant's question, the woman went back a few rows and starting "staring" at her.
The rapper then claimed that the flight attendant went to the captain and "lied," saying that Banks had threatened to “sort her out” for staring.
The Harlem-bred artist then went on to say that security began to surround her on the flight, to chastise her "like a f****** animal.”
Banks revealed that she decided to leave the plane and informed fans that she was able to book a different flight, so she could make it to her Dublin show later that night.
“I get off the plane. I’ve worked too hard in my life to be cornered by some ugly Irish b****," she continued.
"They are ugly Irish women here.”
This is not the first time that Banks has gotten into trouble on a plane. In 2015, she was caught on video spewing derogatory epithets at a flight attendant after a physical encounter with other passengers.
Robin Harper/Parkwood/PictureGroupChloe x Halle have officially been recruited to perform at this year's Super Bowl, the NFL announced Sunday.
The Grammy-nominated sibling duo are set to sing "America The Beautiful," ahead of the big game's kick-off. The sisters join the previously announced Gladys Knight for the pre-game festivities at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3. Knight is slated to perform the national anthem.
This news follows Chloe x Halle's memorable break-out year. Early last year, the duo released their debut album The Kids Are Alright, which has earned them Grammy nods for Best New Artist and Best Urban Contemporary Album at next month’s ceremony.
They also joined Beyoncé and Jay-Z on the road last summerfor their joint “On The Run II” tour.
Johnny Nunez/WireImagePnB Rock has been arrested for drug and weapons offenses, including "possession with intent to deliver," reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.
According to the report, the "Selfish" rapper was issued a search warrant by authorities in Bensalem Township, PA on Sunday night. Upon searching his luxury townhouse, investigators retrieved four pounds of marijuana, packaging material, $33,000 in cash and a stolen .40 Glock handgun, according to the police.
Police further claim that the materials which they seized -- plus surveillance footage -- suggest Rock was selling narcotics from his home. As a result, the Atlantic Records signee faces multiple charges, including possession with intent to deliver, possession of narcotics, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy.
Rock remains in custody at the county jail and is being held on $500,000 bail. His camp has yet to comment on the matter.