A singer who has had his run-ins with the law is in hot water again, and this time it’s all about a pet monkey. The Daily Beast reports that Chris Brown drew the attention of authorities following a social media post.
“The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office said Thursday that the 29-year-old was charged last week with two counts stemming from his possession of a pet capuchin monkey, named Fiji, without the proper permits,” the story reports. “Brown posted a video to his 44 million Instagram followers in January showing his 3-year-old daughter, Royalty, cuddling with the monkey — California fish and wildlife agents took Fiji away shortly afterward.”
TMZ reports that Brown could face six months in jail if convicted. But the website notes that Brown says he does not own the animal and the video was not shot at his house.
“The supposed smoking gun is a video of Brown’s daughter Royalty playing with Fiji in Dec. 2017 — but sources close to Breezy tell us prosecutors got it all wrong,” TMZ reports. “Brown is adamant the video was NOT taken at his L.A. home — it was shot in Vegas … where the monkey lived with a relative who was the REAL owner.”
Authorities reportedly say the animal was taken into custody in Los Angeles.
“But we’re told Brown claims his relative happened to be in town with Fiji that particular week — and it’s all just a bad coincidence that makes Chris seem guilty,” TMZ reports.
Brown, whose string of legal problems includes pleading guilty to the 2009 felony assault of his former girlfriend Rihanna, is reportedly due in court Feb. 6 for arraignment in the latest case.