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Singer Chris Brown investigated for alleged battery in Las Vegas

In this June 28, 2015 file photo, Chris Brown arrives at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Grammy award-winning singer Brown’s departure from Manila has been delayed because of a fraud complaint against him and his promoter for a canceled concert last New Year’s eve.
In this June 28, 2015 file photo, Chris Brown arrives at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Grammy award-winning singer Brown’s departure from Manila has been delayed because of a fraud complaint against him and his promoter for a canceled concert last New Year’s eve. Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File

Las Vegas police are investigating an allegation of battery against R&B singer Chris Brown.

Lt. Jeff Goodwin says authorities received a call shortly before 10:30 a.m. Saturday about the alleged battery at the Palms Casino Resort. A police statement Saturday evening said an altercation took place in a room at the resort when the victim went to take a picture of Brown.

Police say the victim said she was struck by Brown and that he had taken her cellphone. Detectives tried to speak with Brown at his hotel room, but the singer left before police had arrived.

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Police say a crime report has been taken for misdemeanour theft and misdemeanour battery listing Brown as a suspect.

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Nicole Perna, publicist for Brown, issued a statement Saturday night calling the victim’s charges “unequivocally untrue.”

The singer performed Friday at Drai’s nightclub at The Cromwell Las Vegas, where he appears regularly.