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 TMZ.com reported. But Brown voluntarily agreed to surrender the monkey he named Fiji, avoiding a raid.
Sources told TMZ that Brown could be charged with having a restricted species without a permit, a misdemeanor, that carries a maximum of 6 months in jail. The case has been turned over to the Los Angeles city attorney’s office.
Brown’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, told TMZ, “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.”