Chris Brown Charged Over Ownership of His Pet Monkey

Singer and woman-abuser Chris Brown is back in trouble with the law—this time over the ownership of his pet monkey. The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office said Thursday that the 29-year-old was charged last week with two counts stemming from his possession of a pet capuchin monkey, named Fiji, without the proper permits. Brown posted a video to his 44 million Instagram followers in January showing his 3-year-old daughter, Royalty, cuddling with the monkey—California fish and wildlife agents took Fiji away shortly afterward. Brown has denied ownership of the monkey, saying that the video was taken in Las Vegas, where Fiji lives with a relative and its real owner, according to TMZ. Brown has been in repeated legal trouble since he pleaded guilty to the felony assault in 2009 of his former girlfriend Rihanna. He completed his probation in that case in 2015. Brown is scheduled to be arraigned in the pet-monkey case in February.