“My mom and grandma always said: ‘The Lord can give you a gift and he can take it away.’ I feel like I don’t have to explain any bullshit or any lie that somebody has been perpetrating…or portraying me as,” Brown says in the video shared to his official Twitter account.
The visual opens with a montage of images from his video shoot in Paris, with shots of the Eiffel Tower, a French flag blowing in the wind and footage of Brown dancing in a studio and on the city’s streets over the sounds of his song “Foolish.” Then, suddenly, the music cuts out and the sound of car brakes slamming cuts to news headlines about the allegations, with Brown looking pensive as he recalls his mother and grandmother’s advice. “For me, it’s like, alright, cool, I came out there to do a job and that’s what I did,” he says.
As a shot of Brown happily dancing with what looks like a cigarette in his mouth and then smiling as he looks at his phone fills the screen, the singer adds, “We’re gonna shoot this motherfuckin’ video.”
Brown was detained in Paris and later released on Jan. 22 on potential charges of aggravated rape and drug infractions after a woman filed a rape complaint against the singer and two members of his entourage. The Paris prosecutor’s office said last week that the investigation hasn’t been closed, but that Brown was free to leave the country while it continued.
A lawyer for Brown submitted a defamation case against the accuser in Paris, seeking a criminal prosecution for the “slanderous accusation.”
— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) January 31, 2019