No more monkey business for Chris Brown, who has been court ordered to give up all rights to his former pet monkey.
Chris Brown’s attorney was in court Wednesday morning, where a Los Angeles judge said that Brown must give up all rights to the pet capuchin monkey, pay for its care at the facility where the monkey is how housed, and not try to purchase a new monkey.
The orders are part of a deal that Brown struck with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office to enter a diversion program, almost a year after he was charged with two misdemeanors for illegally purchasing a baby capuchin monkey named Fiji.
The deal will allow him to avoid jail time, as the 30-year-old singer was facing six months in jail for having the restricted species without a permit.
Back in 2017, it was reported that Brown really wanted the capuchin monkey because his idol Michael Jackson had a chimp named Bubbles. However, Brown didn’t obtain the necessary permit needed for the exotic pet he purchased.
Brown sparked controversy when he brought Fiji home. He was slammed after posting a video of his daughter, Royalty, playing with the exotic pet. She was just three years old at the time. Critics were concerned that the monkey poses a danger to Royalty and belongs in the wild.
The overwhelming response triggered the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to launch an investigation. Authorities obtained a search warrant and planned to raid Brown’s home, but the singer voluntarily agreed to surrender the monkey, instead.
The judge ordered Brown to permanently forfeit his rights to Fiji, and also ordered him to pay $35,000 to the facility where Fiji is now living. The judge didn’t make any rulings about Brown being allowed to visit Fiji, but instead has left it up to the facility to decide if Brown will be allowed visitation with his ex-pet.
On top of that, the terms of the deal prohibit Brown from buying any monkeys or other prohibited species, and submit to searches to prove that he hasn’t. He’s also not allowed to break the law in any other way during the next six months.
If he meets all the conditions of the deal, all charges will be dropped after June 6.