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Chris Brown Being Investigated for Battery


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Chris Brown is being investigated for misdemeanor battery and theft following an incident at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas Saturday.

In a statement provided to ABC News, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says they were called to a suite at the casino hotel at around 10:20 a.m. to investigate an altercation between Brown and an unnamed woman.  Brown is alleged to have battered the woman when she went to take a photo of him with her mobile phone, and Brown took the phone from her. 

Private security escorted the woman from the suite, at which time hotel security escorted her from the casino, police say.  The woman soon returned to the hotel and reported the alleged incident to security, who contacted police.

The statement further says police detectives weren’t permitted entry into the suite when they attempted to question Brown, after which they learned he’d already left the hotel before police arrived. The investigation is ongoing, police say.

TMZ reports Brown allegedly punched the woman, whom they identify as Liziane Gutierrez, hitting her in the eye.  A statement from Brown’s rep provided to ABC News Saturday night also refers to the alleged victim as “Ms. Gutierrez,” and says, in part, “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 pleaded guilty to assault in June 2009 after he punched and injured then-girlfriend Rihanna in the face the previous February.  His probation in that case ended last March.

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