Chris Brown could be prosecuted for having his pet monkey without a permit.
As cute as Chris Brown’s pet monkey is, it’s definitely been attracting some unwanted attention to Chris’ life. Last month, the R&B singer faced backlash from people on social media after Chris’ 3-year old daughter Royalty was pictured holding the monkey. People thought the monkey was a danger to Royalty and it belonged in the wild, but Chris wasn’t buying it and told everyone to relax.
However according to police, several people took action on Chris and actually notified California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife, who opened an investigation on him. And unfortunately for Chris, it turns out he never got a permit to possess the exotic monkey, so authorities got a search warrant to enter his home, but rather than getting raided, Chris agreed to surrender the animal. So sadly at the moment Chris no longer has his monkey, but that’s not where it ends.
According to TMZ, it’s possible Chris could be charged with having a restricted species without a permit, a misdemeanor, that carries a maximum of six months in jail. The case has been turned over to the L.A. City Attorney, but Chris’ lawyer, Mark Geragos, says this “monkey business” is absurd.
“As I leave my office in Downtown L.A. and walk past people sleeping on the street on my way to defend people charged by the City Attorney with selling medical marijuana … now spending taxpayer money on investigating monkey business, this completes the circle on his absurdity,” Chris’ lawyer said, and I agree with him.
It should also be worth noting that Fiji, the monkey, is currently in good hands and doing just fine.
We’ll keep you posted if Chris gets hit with any legal violations for this monkey business, but we’re hoping he doesn’t. Check out the photo (below).