James Brown accused of rape

2005-01-07 07:38:49

James Brown is being sued by a former employee who claims she was raped by the soul legend 16 years ago.

Jacque Hollander, who formerly worked as the singer's public-relations assistant, filed a lawsuit against the star on Wednesday (07.01.05) at an Illinois court.

In the suit, Hollander states the attack allegedly took place in the back of Brown's van off a South Carolina highway in April 1988.

She claims the 71-year-old singer pointed a shotgun at her, demanded she undress and then "raped, beat and mentally tortured" her for over several hours.

Hollander's attorney, Donald Rosen, said his client originally reported the attack to police in 1990, and also revealed the claims were raised in a 2002 trial that cleared Brown of sexually harassing another woman in 1999 but were dismissed by the judge as "false".

Hollander is now seeking more than $100million in damages from the self-proclaimed 'Godfather of Soul' for the attack, which she claims caused her to develop Graves' disease.

According to the suit, Hollander was diagnosed with the disorder in 2000 and was informed by her doctor in 2003 that the alleged rape was the "actual and proximate cause" of her illness.

However, legal representatives for Brown - who is currently recovering from prostate cancer surgery - have dismissed the allegations labeling them "rag sheet fodder."

His attorney Debra Opri said: "This is what you call a shakedown in its most stupid form. It's too little, too late and baseless."

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