Singer Bobby Brown was placed under citizen arrest for investigation of misdemeanor sexual battery.

Brown was taken into police custody Sunday afternoon at the Beverly Hills Hotel following a complaint by an unidentified woman, Lt. Joe Lombardi said. The charge is defined as "unlawful touching for the purpose of sexual arousal."Brown, husband of actress-singer Whitney Houston, denied the allegation.

"I wouldn't hurt nobody. I wouldn't touch nobody," Brown said after his release from jail about four hours after his arrest. He posted $2,778 bail.