Attorneys for a young woman who sued Chris Brown and a fellow performer, alleging she was sexually assaulted at Brown’s home during a drug-fueled party in 2017, can conduct a site inspection of Brown’s Tarzana home with their client, a judge ruled Thursday.
The plaintiff is identified only as Jane Doe in the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit filed in May 2018, which names as defendants the 29-year-old Brown and rapper Young Lo — whose real name is Lowell Grissom Jr.
A female defendant identified only as Doe X also was sued, but the plaintiff dismissed the part of her case against her earlier this month.
Judge Elaine Lu granted a motion by Doe’s attorneys to visit Brown’s home under specified conditions. She said both sides agree an inspection of Brown’s home is appropriate and she listed several days in May and June as possible visit dates. She ordered Brown to agree to one of those dates within five days of Thursday’s order.
“Plaintiff has identified the rooms she was in and will be permitted to inspect the rooms,” Lu wrote. “She reserves the right to ask to inspect additional rooms in the event she recalls being in places not originally identified.”
Doe, two of her attorneys and a video photographer will be allowed to conduct a walk-through in the areas she alleges she was present during the alleged incident and Brown’s lawyer also may attend, Lu said.
After the walk-through, Doe will have to wait outside while her photographer and attorneys for both sides gather any images, but no audio is allowed, Lu stated.
Brown’s photographer can also be present and record a video, but he or she cannot include any images of Doe’s attorney or her photographer, Lu said.
The visit is limited to two hours and must be conducted during the hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lu said.
The suit’s allegations include sexual battery, assault, civil rights violations and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Doe seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.
According to the lawsuit, Doe and a then-roommate attended a concert the evening of Feb. 23, 2017, at the 1 Oak club in West Hollywood. Doe and her roommate later met Lo and Brown at a recording studio, where Lo took their phones, according to the suit.
“Plaintiff was forced to go to Brown’s home with others because she perceived that she would only be able to retrieve her phone there,” the suit states.
But the plaintiff’s phone was not returned and Brown provided cocaine and marijuana to the guests, the suit states. He gave the plaintiff a pill filled with white powder, but she did not swallow it, fearing he wanted her and the other female guests to become intoxicated and vulnerable to sex acts, the suit states.
“Plaintiff became scared and intimidated when she saw Brown and (Lo) in possession of multiple guns in the house,” the suit states.
The woman claims she was later barricaded inside a bedroom after Brown told Lo to put a couch in front of the door to keep anyone from leaving, according to the lawsuit. Brown “played pornography loudly to create a hyper-sexualized environment in the sealed bedroom,” the suit alleges.
Doe X, who the plaintiff believes was a friend of Brown and Lo, forced the plaintiff to perform oral sex on Lo, the suit states. Doe X, who was menstruating, also made the plaintiff orally copulate her while Lo inappropriately touched her, according to the lawsuit.
“Thus, plaintiff found herself being sexually battered by two people at the same time,” according to the complaint.
Lo eventually returned Doe’s phone to her in the laundry room, where she called a ride-hailing company, the suit states.
“While waiting for the rideshare she requested, (Lo) held plaintiff down against the washing machine and forcibly raped her again,” the suit alleges. “After (Lo) was done, he opened the gate and finally released plaintiff from Brown’s home.”
Doe went to a rape treatment center and reported the alleged assault to police, the suit states.
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