Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Chris Brown facing criminal charges over pet monkey

Chris Brown facing criminal charges over pet monkey

"Chris Brown posted something on Instagram in December and showed a picture of his daughter with the monkey and said it was his pet", an officer from the Department of Fish and Wildlife told Page Six on Friday, January 12.

Troubled singer Chris Brown might be facing new legal problems after owning a pet monkey without a permit.

According to TMZ, the 28-year-old Grammy victor has already voluntarily surrendered his female baby capuchin monkey Fiji, and the case has been turned over to the L.A. City Attorney.

In fact, he managed to cause serious outrage among some members of the public last month, when he shared a snap of his three-year-old daughter, Royalty, holding Fiji.

According to, several concerned members of the public notified officials at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who opened an investigation and found Chris did not have an exotic pet permit.

Under California law, it is illegal to keep certain exotic species, including monkeys, poisonous snakes, lizards and other risky animals, without a permit.

Brown reacted with a "chill out" message at the time, TMZ reported. Police got a search warrant but before that could happen, Brown agreed to surrender Fiji to the proper authorities.

It should also be worth noting that Fiji, the monkey, is now in good hands and doing just fine. The monkey is said to be fine. The case has been sent to the Los Angeles City Attorney.

If charged with the misdemeanour offence of having a restricted species without a permit, Chris could face a maximum of 6 months in jail. Internet goers believed the monkey was a gift to Royalty and feared for her safety.

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