Chris Brown Faces Jail Time Over His Illegal Pet Monkey 'Fiji'

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Okay, this might be hard for you to believe, so sit down and take a deep breath before reading on:

Chris Brown is in legal trouble.

Shocking, we know, but this time he’s entering a whole new area of illegality: possession of an exotic animal.

It all started last month when Brown posted a pic of his 3-year old daughter Royalty holding his pet capuchin monkey (that's the really cute one from Ace Ventura) named Fiji. The internet got heated up REAL quick, claiming that a young girl had no business dealing with a potentially dangerous animal like that.

Numerous reports came into the California Department of Fish and Wildlife following that post, and the authorities subsequently launched an investigation. They were about to act on a search warrant, in fact, but Brown voluntarily gave up Fiji before that became necessary.

First thing’s first: the monkey is fine.

Chris, on the other hand, might not be. Since he didn’t have a permit for the animal, he could face up to 6-months in prison.

Brown’s attorney — who must be a very busy man, considering his client — had a very lawyer-y yet surprisingly insightful quote about the whole affair: “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."

Of course, this is far from the first time Chris has had legal problems. You can check out a summary of his colorful rap sheet right here...

Rihanna Assault


The first and arguably most egregious offense on Brown's rap sheet is his 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna. He eventually plead guilty to one felony assault charge.

Storming Out Of "GMA"

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Two years later, Brown was interviewed on Good Morning America and repeatedly asked about Rihanna. He responded by storming off set and throwing a chair out his dressing room window.

The Drake Fight


In 2012, Brown got into a brawl with Drake and his entourage over— surprise surprise — Rihanna, who Drake also dated for a while.

Frank Ocean Slurs

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Brown pushed and/or hit Ocean in 2013 over a parking spot outside a recording studio. A member of Brown's entourage also used a homophobic slur during the incident.

The W Hotel Fight

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Brown took a swing at someone while his bodyguard broke another man's nose outside the W Hotel in Washington D.C. in 2013. He could be heard saying, "I'm not into that gay shit, I'm into boxing" during the altercation. He voluntarily entered rehab after the incident — from which he was eventually thrown out for a combination of incidents.

Suge Knight Shot

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Marion "Suge" Knight was shot several times during a 2014 event hosted by Brown, and subsequently sued do to the lack of security at the event.

Tarzana Seige

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Brown held out for a full day after a woman emerged from his home in the middle of the night and accused him of assault with a deadly weapon. After posting a series of defensive videos to Instagram, he'd eventually surrender to authorities.

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