Chris Brown could face jail over ‘monkey business’

Singer Chris Brown appears for a probation progress hearing at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Centre in Los Angeles February 3, 2014. Brown could face jail again for not having a permit for his pet capuchin monkey. — Reuters pic
Singer Chris Brown appears for a probation progress hearing at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Centre in Los Angeles February 3, 2014. Brown could face jail again for not having a permit for his pet capuchin monkey. — Reuters pic

LOS ANGELES, Jan 13 — Singer Chris Brown is facing legal trouble over his pet capuchin monkey Fiji, E! Online reported today.

The 28-year-old received backlash when he posted a video of his daughter Royalty with Fiji, after “a dozen or so tips on the incident” was reported to California Fish and Wildlife.

It is illegal in California to have a monkey without a permit.

California Fish and Wildlife said there were no record of a permit for the monkey for Brown or anyone associated with his property and got a search warrant for Brown’s property.

The singer cooperated and had someone in his camp turn over Fiji to the authorities.

According to TMZ, Brown could be charged with “having a restricted species without a permit,” a misdemeanor which could mean a maximum of six month in jail.

Brown’s lawyer Mark Geragos told E! News, “We are confident that the City Attorney has more pressing problems than monkey business.”

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