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Rapper Foxy Brown robbed in East New York section of Brooklyn

Rapper Foxy Brown who is on probation for an assault charge had another brush with violence. But this time, she was the victim.

Four people teamed up to rob the rapper of a Louis Vuitton bag, $500 (EUR372) in cash and credit cards around 5:30 a.m. Saturday in the East New York section of Brooklyn, police said.

Roshawn Anthony, 23, was arrested on robbery charges in the incident, police said. No telephone number could be found for Anthony at the address police provided for her, and police did not know whether she had a lawyer. Information on her arraignment was not immediately available from the Brooklyn district attorney's office early Sunday.

Brown's lawyer, state Sen. John Sampson, did not immediately return telephone and e-mail messages early Sunday. But Brown told the New York Post that the robbery never happened, and she had not been at the location police gave, near a public housing complex.

"A lot of the time, people mistake me for someone else, or people always call in these false tips," Brown told the newspaper outside her Brooklyn brownstone Saturday.

Police said the rapper, whose real name is Inga Marchand, had indeed been attacked.

Brown, 27, is known for her sexy outfits and steamy lyrics. Her albums include the platinum-selling "Ill Na Na" and "Chyna Doll."

She pleaded guilty in August 2006 to misdemeanor assault charges stemming from a fight with salon workers over payment for a manicure in Manhattan's Chelsea district on Aug. 29, 2004. She was sentenced in October 2006 to three years' probation.

Brown was arrested in Florida on Feb. 15, when police said she threw hair glue at a beauty shop employee when he asked her to leave because the shop was closing. She later struggled with an officer, police said.

Charged with battery and resisting an officer with violence in the Florida case, Brown was released after posting a $1,500 (EUR1,115) bond. That case is pending.

The Florida case also brought more legal trouble in New York for Brown. She pleaded guilty in March to a probation violation for leaving New York without permission.