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New Year, New Assault Claim for Chris Brown

LAS VEGAS (CN) - Las Vegas police are investigating a woman's claim that hip-hop singer Chris Brown assaulted her and stole her phone during a New Year party.

"A crime report has been taken for misdemeanor theft and misdemeanor battery listing Mr. Brown as a suspect," the metro police said in a statement.

Las Vegas police got a call at about 10:20 a.m. Saturday of a battery in a suite at the Palms Casino Resort. Officers said a woman, Liziane Gutierrez, "appeared to have minor injuries sustained as a result of a battery."

"An altercation took place in the room over a cell phone when the victim went to take a picture of 26-year-old recording artist Chris Brown," police said in a statement. "The victim was alleged to have been battered by Brown, who at the same time took her cell phone."

Private security removed Gutierrez from the party, and hotel security escorted her off the property due to an ensuing commotion in the hallway, but she returned a short time later and reported the incident to hotel security, police said.

"Detectives attempted to contact Mr. Brown in the hotel room, however, they were not permitted entry, and it was later determined that he already left the location prior to officers' arrival," Las Vegas Police said.

Brown on Saturday posted an Instagram message: "I'm going to be hella rich after all the lawsuits I file from these crazy individuals who keep lying on my name."

Brown's publicist Nicole Perna issued a statement: "Making false accusations seems to be a pattern of behavior for Ms. Gutierrez. Whatever her motives, her statements are unequivocally untrue.

"Her claim that she had her phone in her possession inside the after party and was able to take a photo causing an altercation with Chris Brown is a complete fabrication."

Brown, 26, has released seven albums. He pleaded guilty in 2009 to felony assault of his then-girlfriend, recording artist Rihanna. He received six months in jail or community labor and five years' probation.

In September 2014 he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault after he and his bodyguard were accused of punching two men who wanted to have their pictures taken with Brown outside of a hotel in Washington, D.C.

A judge then revoked Brown's probation from the 2009 violation and sentenced him to 365 days in jail, with 234 days credit for time served, and ordered him to a rehabilitation program.

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