Assault charges against singer Chris Brown a 'set up', says his attorney

US singer Chris Brown performing during the World Music Festival "Mawazine" in Rabat, Morocco.
US singer Chris Brown performing during the World Music Festival "Mawazine" in Rabat, Morocco. PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - An attorney for Chris Brown said on Friday (Sept 2) that a woman who has accused the R&B singer of pointing a gun at her was clearly bent on setting him up and that police found no weapons at the singer's home.

Lawyer Mark Geragos told reporters that 25-year-old Ms Baylee Curran became "irate" and called the police early on Tuesday after she was asked to leave the singer's Los Angeles home "because she was acting in an erratic manner".

"I know that some people find it hard to believe that people in this day and age may lie for certain ulterior motives," Mr Geragos said. "But it is interesting to me that when somebody has an incident that supposedly you are frightened to death and you're scared, that the first place you go is to the (gossip website) TMZ, as opposed to the hospital, your psychiatrist or maybe even your lawyer."

Ms Curran claimed that the "Kiss Kiss" singer became angry and pointed a gun at her after she admired a diamond necklace worn by another man attending a party at the singer's house.

Brown was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon following a day-long standoff with police at his palatial estate. He was released late on Tuesday night after posting US$250,000 (S$340,657) bail.

Mr Geragos insisted that no guns or drugs were found in the singer's home after a search by police, nor was any jewelry matching the description of the bauble Ms Curran claimed she was admiring when ordered out of the house.

"She described with great detail what this piece of jewelry was," he said. "Nothing was found that corroborated her statement."

He added that none of the other six people present at the house had corroborated Ms Curran's account.

"The story that was conveyed to me by the witnesses there is that nothing happened," he said.

Mr Geragos said he was working to authenticate a text message Ms Curran allegedly sent an acquaintance after the incident at Brown's house in which she indicated she wanted to teach the singer "a lesson".

"If that text is true, then it gives great credence to what my client said initially - that nothing happened and this was a set up," he said.

Brown, who is scheduled to appear in court on Sept 20, has had a number of run-ins with the law.

Most notoriously, he was convicted of beating then-girlfriend Rihanna before the 2009 Grammy Awards, forcing the pop singer to miss the music industry's annual gala.