pet monkey

Chris Brown has the best defense against criminal charges that he owns a restricted species as a pet monkey. The City filed charges against Brown alleging he purchased a restricted species of monkey for his 4-year-old daughter, Royalty Brown.

The embattled singer told a tabloid he isn't guilty because he doesn't even own a monkey.

Brown was heavily criticized in December 2017 when he posted a video online showing his daughter Royalty, who was 3 at the time, playing with a capuchin monkey named Fiji.

Concerned Instagram users notified wildlife officials at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who opened an investigation.

On Thursday, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles City Attorney confirmed that Brown had been hit with two counts of owning an exotic animal without a permit.

Sources close to the 29-year-old singer tell editors at TMZ that he is not the real owner of Fiji, and the video was not even shot at his home in Los Angeles.

The insiders tell the gossip tabloid that Fiji belongs to a relative who lives in Las Vegas and was visiting Brown with the pet when the video was taped.

The source said it's all a "bad coincidence" that they happened to be in town when the video was filmed.

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

Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos tells TMZ that the City attorney is wasting taxpayer money on absurd charges.

"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."

Brown is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 6. The singer could face up to a year in jail if found guilty on both charges.

  • Trey

    Brown aint that dumb....most likely a pic with a friends pet

  • Mielle Downey

    Stop showing your behind on social media. The social media sights are created to inform on you for the government .

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Leave that man alone chile ...... And yes he got good lawyers ..... Much love to Chris .....

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I cant stand internet busybodies, trying to "report" people to the authorities over stuff they think they know, when they really dont know squat. smh

  • Rayne

    When Los Angeles is bored they pick on Chris.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Makes an Azz out of them ....... this has happened to me before ...... Epic fail ..... meanwhile the ones that call themselves telling on folks end up looking like complete idiots and from my experience usually the ones breaking all kinds of laws .... just saying ..... these types hang themselves and it backfires

  • KcoolMuziq

    Chris(whom I met twice at a couple of Award shows and was SO cool & humble)I wish peeps would LEAVE HIM ALONE! They continue to pick on him for something that he paid his debt to society for YEARS AGO.://

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile ..... and he got good lawyers gets off every time ... why cause it's bullshyt ......

  • Dowoop

    So it took them a yr to put together a case? Good luck proving he "owns/owned" that monkey.

  • iWasteTime

    I hope each and every person that reported it catches a charge.
    Mind Y'all Business!!!

  • Yoni7

    I swear this has been the longest shortest week ever.

  • Bossy704

    Team Breezy

  • MrsHBC

    Just stop posting everything on social media. Chris knows they are out to get him ?????

  • hottlanta

    Is it me or did l see it wrong. Is ciara the only black person performing on new years rock n eve in times square on abc.

  • Coy little wink

    Prosecutor who charged him is a real dumb azz

  • Soon2BWife

    Listen! I was off Mon and Tues and Worked from home the last two days and I’m like it’s just Friday and I still have to go in. Not complaining but happy it isn’t just me that feels this way. ?

  • FukkFolks2018

    When has that show ever been for us? I been watching it my whole life. Its never an abundance of black acts.

  • Rayne
  • Yoni7

    GIRL! Dis tew murch.......and long. LOL Says the chick who really, actually works 7 days a week. LITERALLY! Non-stop. No days off.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Yeah we discussed this mess this time last year. Stop your shit Breezy.

  • Yoni7


  • FukkFolks2018

    As well. I been working from home since Wed and I am just ready to be done done for the year. I need a break and never again will I be working these odd days after the holidays. Only did it for leverage bc we going on a spring break trip around Easter lol.

  • Yoni7

    LOL at you and Sandra having a receipt war. LMAOOOOOOO

  • Faithz

    Chris says he don't own a Monkey, and I believe him. Let the man be.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Lmaooo. Tryna say he dont own it. Like nigga PLEASE

  • FukkFolks2018

    He did at one time own the monkey back in Dec 2017 and shouldnt have. He surrendered said monkey back in Jan 2018. Looks like they still fkkin with him over it and just now filed the charges. But he did have one.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Exactly. Before I rent my home or do business with you I go check out the Internet and your Sm page.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Yep. If they've waited this long to file charges it means they have something.

  • Faithz

    Alright y than, Happy Holidays to you, and yours.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Says he turned it over. This was in Jan 2018. They dont care he gave it back. They are mad he had it in the first place. And folks tripping me out like he was targeted. People get arrested OFTEN for illegal ownership of exotic animals/restricted or endangered species. Nobody is doing ANYTHING to Chris that they DO NOT DO to other folks.

    LOS ANGELES — Singer Chris Brown is the subject of a California Department of Fish and Wildlife investigation for allegedly never getting a permit to keep his pet monkey.

    Authorities got a search warrant for Brown’s home after several people reported he had the monkey, likely after he posted a picture of his 3-year-old daughter Royalty holding the baby capuchin monkey on social media, the celebrity news website reported. But Brown voluntarily agreed to surrender the monkey he named Fiji, avoiding a raid.

  • Roderick2011

    'They' will never leave Chris Brown alone.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Downvote. Chris Brown doesnt get special privl. if they arresting regular Joe Schmoes for the same stuff. Why do people think this grown ass man supposed to get a forever pass on bullshit?

  • Victorious82

    Damn LAPD got a bone to pick with Chris don’t they. Smh

  • Ms.Devereaux

    It’s time to move!! Chris should leave the country for a bit. See when OJ got off for that murder they followed him around harassed him would show up places and video tape him calling him a murderer all types of stuff I said then he need to leave the country or move somewhere out of that state and be low key for a while but noooooooooo he didn’t and evently they set him up for stealing his own shiiii and got what they called justice by having him spend years in jail behind his own property. I like Chris but I think it’s time to move and lay low for a bit just do shows and put out some music but lay low.

  • Soon2BWife

    LOL, Already told Mr. Soon I am off Christmas eve thru the New Year next year. It is a ghost town in this building....

  • ClaireHuxtable

    RIP, Sir.
    The U.S. lost its oldest man — who was also the nation’s oldest World War II veteran — on Thursday.

    Richard Overton died at age 112 after a recent hospitalization for pneumonia, multiple outlets have confirmed.

    CNN reports that Overton began volunteering for the Army in 1942 and became a member of the all-black 188th Aviation Engineer Battalion, serving on several islands across the Pacific Ocean.

    In 2013, President Barack Obama honored Overton at a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

    “He was there at Pearl Harbor when the battleships were still smoldering. He was there at Okinawa. He was there at Iwo Jima, where he said, ‘I only got out of there by the grace of God,’ ” the 44th commander-in-chief stated.

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Geragos is a real one. He's defended a LOT more serious mess than this; Chris got a good one.

  • Soon2BWife

    Awe man, Yoni lol! Don't burn yourself out lady, that use to me though so I get it. Speaking of tew murch one of Kandi's Aunties passed but I don't believe it was Auntie Bert who is my Auntie in my head. Maybe Auntie Sandra can confirm.

    Happy New Year, Love!!!!

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    tryna get his/her 15 minutes... dumb azz indeed!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Celebs want a pass for everything. Just do what you're supposed to do and live a calm life off camera.

  • Faithz

    Thanks For That, Oh what a Life He Lived

  • Faithz

    Chris need to move away from LA.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Off Topic: On my way to work this morning, I noticed the train station was almost empty. Then I remembered that y'all President shut down the federal gubbament (purposely written wrong, for all of the writing teachers on this blog). He's going to get that wall built, even if he has to hire the same people off construction sites, he want to send back, to build it. Smh #PettyPresident

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    @Sandra, didn't YOU report that he had 'gifted' Royalty with this monkey???? i distinctly remember it 'cause i was running around the blog like my hair was on fire, trying to tell him to get that monkey away from that baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chris Brown doesnt get special privL.
    Actually he does ...... May wanna watch ya say bout him .... 111

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    OMG! i knew Sandra had reported on this! she play too much....

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    He lived such a full life. May he rest in heavenly peace.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    I just saw on tv there's a study that says you should drink alcohol in your coffee l0l!
    Re Mr. Overton:

    That year, at the age of 107, he famously said that he enjoyed drinking and smoking and didn’t take medicine.

    “I drink whiskey in my coffee. Sometimes I drink it straight,” he told CNN. “I smoke my cigars, blow the smoke out; I don’t swallow it.”

    “I smoke at least 12 cigars a day on my front porch,” Overton explained to PEOPLE. “And most of my whiskey is from Tennessee.”

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Sandra is also a CB Hater .... Receipts (Voided) he is the wrong one to be hating on .... js

  • Faithz

    I agree but Chris can try to make Better choices, and try to fly under the Radar, are Move from La, to a Secluded place in Canada are a place Of his choice. We know there are many dead set on harassing the H!LL out of him from now on.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Boy did he!! *see below*

  • ClaireHuxtable

    ...even if he has to take all the illegal aliens out of his golf clubs and make them bake bricks to get it done!

  • SandraRose

    I'm sure all the blogs wrote the same thing. He is now saying he doesn't own the monkey.

  • SandraRose

    I reported the news like everyone else.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    He also has a higher power defending him too .... man CB good ..... no matter what they throw at him !!!!

  • FukkFolks2018

    He shouldnt. That damn monkey attack someone THEN what? It happens quite often. They arrest people quite often for not having the correct paperwork to possess them as well. Why he getting a pass?

  • FukkFolks2018

    I dont hate him but I think he needs to follow the rules like everyone else. He my fellow Taurus but BS is BS.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Correct. And I done pulled recepits below that said not only did he own it, he surrendered it back in Jan. How you gonna give something back that you now saying you didnt own? Make it make sense.

  • FukkFolks2018

    I refuse to go in. I know not a soul is there but IT and the building services staff lol.

  • Sweetness

    Wow. Such a full, strong, and powerful life he lived. RIP sir. I'm sure you will not be forgotten??????

  • FukkFolks2018

    Tis was Aunt Hazel who passed. I LOVE Kandi;s aunties okay????????

    *PS Yoni not gonna listen. I text her at least 3-4 times a week and tell her stop working so much and she still does.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Mr. Overton sounds like he was my type of fella and extra fun. RIP to him

  • Soon2BWife

    Oh ok, RIP. Yeah, they are the best. I see why Kandi is so grounded.

    Yoni ?????

  • Renee26

    Not guilty! Leave him alone

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    He follows Gods rules and void it's all ..... he is protected bew ...trying to warn ya

  • Renee26


  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Because he works for a higher power which means stories posted bout him are false majority of the time ....... now you can try to drag this out with me ..... I have spoken ..... there's that .... much love !!!!

  • Yoni7

    I won't. I'm not tired.....yet. LOL It was aunt Hazel. I think that's the one in that gif FF2018 be posting that I be weak off of.

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    So did he or did he NAT own Fiji? LOL!

  • CookieMobster

    I agree with the attorney. This is ridiculous non-sense. All of the mess going on in L.A. and they worried about this man's alleged monkey ?. Ridiculous .

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    That damn monkey attack someone THEN what?

    I'm not eem gonna keep talking about how a monkey can snatch your eyes right out the socket.... with the quickness, you hear me!!! they are NOT pets; they are wild animals... stay 'way!!!!

  • Neva RuthLess

    I just watched it last night Bird Box is a good movie.

  • Ang

    They don’t know lol...but will act like they do. How can anyone reporting something on the internet know if he owned it? They don’t have receipts. I can’t believe people called authorities over an IG video.

  • Ang

    Yes. All of that. This reminds me of people that called CPS on Will and Jada over an IG picture of Willow and that boy. I don’t even like Will and Jada but that as too much. It was a total waste of resrouces when CPS doesn’t have time to investigate kids that are actually being abused and neglected. People didn’t know how many folks were in the room when that picture was taken or who the person is. I don’t think people should post all their biz on SM but some of the SM followers need to chill and mind their business.

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    I'm confused, yet disinterested, LOL!
    in the end, all i care about is that monkey being AWAY from the baby. LOL!

  • Yup, I said it

    People are gonna learn to stop posting all their business on the internet.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    I bet he was a h00t!

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  • Panther Charleston

    To hell w the monkey in his house, they need to be more urgent about capturing the monkey in his heart. This dude stay in some foolishness. Damn. Ri be at the bank. Chris be at the courthouse. Choices.

  • TMW

    So, they filed charges based on hearsay and a video on the internet? Ok...?

  • Malai

    Don’t swae lee have TWO pet monkey’s????

  • Coffy

    So what is that his daughter is holding. I could care less about him Crackhead

  • imright

    he said what he said now BYE???

  • YellowSauce

    maybe he's leasing the monkey .... ha !

  • freelancepimp .

    Seriously, this is all it takes to get charges. Wow, they court of public opinion has way too much power.

  • freelancepimp .

    If he surrendered back in January how is he being charged for having it now?

  • dru and neil

    Poor little Fiji is probably dead now because of these charges.

  • Logan Roberts


  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    ???? please, please, please don't give him any ideas.

  • Queen B

    Easy dont ppl get cars that cant afford and give it back to the dealership....same difference

  • Queen B

    Case dismissed....NEXT!!

  • Ki Wise


  • noluvlost

    I agree. All those homeless people and they're worried about a monkey