ABC/Randy HolmesChris Brown could potentially spend six months in jail for owning a pet monkey, TMZ reports.
According to legal documents obtained by the website, the L.A. City Attorney has charged the R&B crooner with two counts of possessing a restricted species without a permit. The maximum sentence for that is six months behind bars.
Brown purchased the capuchin monkey, named Fiji, back in 2017, and it first made an appearance on his Instagram last year, in a video of his daughter Royalty cuddling the exotic animal. The Internet quickly pounced on Brown, accusing him of putting his child in danger.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that people then notified the California Department of Fish and Wildlife that Brown owned the monkey, and an investigation was launched earlier this year. Authorities planned to raid Brown’s home, but before that could happen, the singer agreed to surrender Fiji.
Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos, told TMZ in January of 2018 that “spending taxpayer money on investigating monkey business” is “absurd.”
Brown is expected to appear in court regarding the matter on Feb. 6.
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