When it finally seemed that Chris Brown’s problems with justice were coming to an end, after the order of estrangement that his expartner Karrueche Tran obtained against him by accusing him of mistreatment last year, a new legal front threatens his tranquility.
This time it is a charge for a misdemeanor that could make him return to prison where he spent a short time in 2009 for brutally beating his then-girlfriend Rihanna, for not having the permits required by the state of California to own an animal belonging to a protected species.
The pet in question that has put the star in trouble is a small monkey called Fiji, which is already under the tutelage of the relevant authorities after the singer’s house in Los Angeles was registered on January 2.
Chris’ problems began when in December he came up with the ‘brilliant’ idea of showing off the primate through social networks, publishing a video in which Fiji appeared playing with his 3-year-old daughter Royalty.
Speaking in the sweet clip, he asked his little girl: “Is this your baby?”
He added: “She’s going to be bigger than you, right. Y’all got the same size head.”
Within 36 hours of him posting the footage, California Fish and Wildlife received “a dozen or so tips on the incident” and executed a search warrant on January 2.
The city’s wildlife department’s employee Captain Patrick Foy has said that Chris was not at home when the search on his home in Los Angeles was carried out but his staff handed the primate over to the authorities and he agreed to co-operate with them.
The case will be forwarded to the Los Angeles City Attorney for the next step of the process but a spokeswoman has confirmed the report has not been turned in yet.
She added to the New York Post newspaper: “There’s no information at this time.”
According to TMZ, Chris could be charged with “having a restricted species without a permit” because it is illegal to own a monkey in California without obtaining a permit.
However, the ‘Privacy’ hitmaker’s lawyer Mark Geragos told E! News: “We are confident that the City Attorney has more pressing problems than monkey business.”
Fiji is currently being cared for at an undisclosed facility.