The lawyer for the woman who accused Chris Brown of rape says his client still has hope that charges will be brought against the singer.
Franck Serfati, who is representing the 23-year-old woman who has requested to remain anonymous, tells The Blast, “We hope legally that the Public Prosecutor will open a criminal investigation to shed light on these very serious facts.”
He continues, “For now, my client is in a situation of distress and the impression that her voice is not perfectly heard.”
Brown’s attorney in France, Raphael Chiche, said on Thursday he had filed a complaint for slander against his accuser but Serfati says he has yet to see the complaint.
“As of today, I do not know if Chris Brown has filed a complaint against my client,” Serfati tells The Blast. “But we know that the ‘best defense is the attack.'”
But Serfati adds, “We will fight to thwart his defense strategy, especially since my client claims to be a victim of aggravated rape, allegedly committed by three individuals, whose explanations seem to contain contradictions.”
In a separate interview with the Associated Press, Serfati elaborated on his client’s claims, saying she “was not pressured physically” in Brown’s hotel suite but in an “environment with great psychological pressure” from large, older men.
She claims Chris Brown “cornered her in a room that was locked.”
“My client explains that it was non-consensual sex. She was not pressured physically,” Serfati told The AP.
Brown was released from custody while the investigation continues.