US singer Chris Brown has been released without charge after being questioned by police in Paris on suspicion of rape.

Reports in the French capital say a 25-year-old woman has accused Brown, along with his bodyguard and a friend, of assaulting her in a luxury suite in the Mandarin Oriental hotel on the night of 15 January last.

The Grammy Award-winning singer, 29, was detained yesterday on suspicion of aggravated rape and a drug offence.

He can be held for a maximum of 48 hours.

Two other people were also detained.

It is reported the alleged victim told police she met Brown in a nightclub near the Champs-Elysees with a group of other women.

She then agreed to go back to the hotel.

Brown was pictured in Paris last week attending shows during men's fashion week.

The singer, who according to Billboard has sold more than 100 million records, has been in the news more for his legal troubles than his hit releases in recent years.

Brown's brushes with the law

In 2009 he was convicted of beating fellow singer Rihanna, his girlfriend at the time, who was forced to miss the Grammys because of her injuries.

Brown was sentenced to five years' probation and six months of community service for the assault.

In 2014 he pleaded guilty to assaulting a fan in Washington and was accused of violence by a woman in Las Vegas.

Two years later he was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon following a standoff with Los Angeles police officers, after a woman said he threatened her at his home.

Last May a woman filed a lawsuit against Brown over claims that one of his friends repeatedly raped her during a party at the singer's Los Angeles home in 2017.