If there's one celebrity that has been riddled with controversies, its hip hop artist Chris Brown. While he was once America's hip hop sweetheart with a ton of endorsement deals, his attack on Rihanna brought his career to a screeching halt. The two have seemingly mended fences, and Brown has managed to stay a relevant member of the rap community. But he hasn't exactly stopped getting himself mixed up into trouble, including a little jail time and some domestic abuse allegations. But the latest bit of drama has a far more cartoonish tone, as it's actually about Brown's pet monkey.
Chris Brown procured his pet capuchin monkey Fiji a few months ago, but didn't actually got the permit to keep her in America. According to TMZ, the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife opened an investigation about Fiji, after Brown began posting photos and video of the little guy on his social media accounts. Since Brown never got the permits to keep the monkey, he could face criminal charges.
Eventually authorities got a search warrant for Chris Brown's home. But before the place got raided, he reportedly surrendered the monkey to the authorities. Apparently his misstep could result in being charged with having a restricted species without a permit. This charge is a misdemeanor, that carries a maximum of 6 months in jail. Considering Brown's history of arrest, it's unclear if this possible charge could have larger consequences going down the road.
Brown seemed to originally give his daughter Royalty the monkey, although some critics said this was a dangerous choice. Eventually, Chris Brown said that Fiji actually belonged to him, and he didn't just give his young daughter a capuchin on a whim. He's posted quite a few videos with the little guy, check out some clips below.
Chris Brown hasn't posted about the monkey business on his various social media accounts, likely wanting to contain the situation and not get himself into anymore trouble. Because as cute as little Fiji is, a pet monkey probably isn't the thing to take a stand about.
This is just the latest in a long line of incidents by Chris Brown. Of course, the most infamous is his brutal physical attack on Rihanna in 2009. This is likely what people most closely associate with Brown in general, as the images of Rihanna's wounds went viral after the incident occurred. But he's also had quite a few other run ins with the law, to varying levels of seriousness.
Hopefully the debacle with Fiji the monkey will be his last.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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