A judge has ordered Chris Brown to turn over his cell phone to a woman who accused him of a sex assault during a wild party at his home.
The woman, identified as Jane Doe in court papers, subpoenaed the troubled singer's cell phone number and call history logs to attempt to track down witnesses to the alleged assault during a "drug-fueled" orgy at his Southern California mansion in February 2017.
But Brown refused to turn over his phone, citing "privacy concerns" if Jane Doe got her hands on his phone which contained the numbers of high profile celebrities. It is the same excused used by disgraced actor Jussie Smollett when Chicago police asked him to turn over his cell phone during his hate crime hoax investigation.
Last week a judge ordered Brown to turn over the phone records despite his concerns.
"Brown's cell phone number is relevant to this case's subject matter because it reasonably assists Doe's search for witnesses to evaluate her case and prepare for trial," Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elaine Lu said.
"Specifically, Doe can use Brown's cell phone number to subpoena Brown's phone records. With those phone records, Doe could attempt to track down (alleged witnesses), for example, by hiring a private investigator," the judge wrote.
"Their testimony would make it more or less probable that Doe’s claims have merit because they were at the party as set forth above,” the judge said.
Brown has denied any wrongdoing in the case.
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