Justin Bieber Praises Chris Brown Amid Rape Allegations, Sparks Backlash
By Peyton Blakemore
January 23, 2019
Justin Bieber is sticking by his longtime friend.
Despite recent rape allegations made against Chris Brown, Justin publicly showed his support for the "Freaky Friday" singer on Instagram Tuesday (January 22).
Just hours after Chris was released from police custody, following accusations of aggravated rape and drug violations, Justin praised the 29-year-old singer on social media after Chris shared a video of himself working on some new choreography. "No one can touch you ur the GOAT," which is an acronym for "greatest of all time," Justin wrote. Nick Cannon also issued his support, commenting, "Stay Focused King!"
Fans were quick to bash Justin for issuing his support of Chris, as many believed his comment implied Justin believes Chris over the alleged rape victim. "Both of you are canceled," one fan wrote. Another added: "look... i adore you but that not a comment to make when he is being accused of something really bad. Real or not, your comment is dumb." A third fan simply wrote, "u should just stay quiet."
As previously reported, Chris was arrested in Paris on Monday (January 21) after a 24-year-old woman accused him of raping her in Paris hotel. Chris has since denied the allegations, posting on Instagram: This B*tch Lyin' [...] I WANNA MAKE IT PERFECTLY CLEAR...... THIS IS FALSE AND A WHOLE LOT OF CAP! NNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEERRRRRR!!!!!! FOR MY DAUGHTER AND MY FAMILY THIS IS SO DISPRESPECTFUL AND IS AGAINST MY CHARACTER AND MORALS!!!!!"
While Chris was released without charge the investigation into the incident continues, the AFP reports.
The woman who is accusing Chris of rape recently spoke out in an interview with Closer magazine, shared via TMZ, claiming Chris raped her in a hotel dressing room for 25-30 minutes in what she called a "brutal and violent" attack.
The 24-year-old model, whose name Closer protected — simply calling her by the pseudonym Karima — told the mag she met Chris at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Paris, France on Tuesday (January 15) around 10:30 PM, and then went to a nightclub. She claims the two returned to the hotel, with Chris' crew in tow, around 4 a.m. While Karima acknowledged that she returned to the hotel at her own will she said she was tired but they convinced her to go back to the Mandarin with a group of people.
Once inside Chris' suite, Karima said she went to the bathroom and that's when Chris allegedly followed her and "catches me by the right arm. He makes me enter a sort of dressing room. He closed the door ... it lasted 25 - 30 minutes." She described the encounter as both "brutal and violent," adding she was then "abused" by one of Chris' friends and a bodyguard. Despite being scared, Karima said she ultimately decided to go to the police two days after she was allegedly raped because she didn't want the R&B singer to "be able to do the same things to other girls."
Chris' camp disputed Karima's claims, denying she was ever alone with the "Overdose" singer. Sources connected to him also told TMZ Chris' girlfriend, Amika Harris, "was in the hotel room the whole time." The insider added that there were more than 20 people in the room "hanging out" and listening to Chris' music from his iPhone.
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