Chris Brown could face charges for purchasing dangerous pet held by three-year-old daughter
Chris Brown has made headlines a few times recently, but not for any good reasons. Just before Christmas, he was accused of verbally abusing a woman outside a nightclub, and, shortly prior to that incident, he was witnessed punching a photographer after a performance in a different club.
Because of his aggressive attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna back in 2009, people were well aware of his violent tendencies. However, in the documentary he made with Netflix, the singer claimed that he was trying to move on from the incident and would never hit a woman again.
Even when he's not committing any violent crimes, though, it seems that Brown still has trouble staying within the law.
At the beginning of December last year, the singer posted a video on Instagram which showed his three-year-old daughter cradling a baby capuchin monkey. While it may have appeared sweet - and Brown almost certainly only had good intentions when he handed the animal over to the child - it transpires that the animal could have been dangerous, and the singer may actually be on track to face criminal charges for owning the monkey.
When the video first went up, people were outraged that Brown would put his daughter in harm's way like this.
"Capuchin Monkeys are the most dangerous of the monkeys..ranked number 3 on Latin America’s 72 most dangerous animals," wrote one Instagrammer. "Be careful you and your baby girl".
Meanwhile, others voiced their opinion on the treatment of wild animals and the unethical practice of taking them from their natural habitats.
"Why? Why taking a little baby monkey away from it’s mother? This is a wild animal!"
"Leave wild animals where they belong and especially leave babies with their mother, oh my gosh and you are supposed to be a role model??" said another.
As it turns out, Brown's ownership of the monkey might have actually been illegal as well as irresponsible, as people have to apply for a specific permit before keeping one in their home. While the singer might not have known this at the time, he certainly did after he was reported to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife opened an investigation into the matter (no doubt after being informed about the monkey by disgruntled 'grammers).
As part of the investigation, authorities acquired a warrant to search Brown's property. However, he surrendered the monkey before the case went any further.
Even so, the 28-year-old could still face criminal charges for being in possession of a restricted species without a permit: an offense which carries a maximum sentence of six months' jail time.
According to the RSPCA, owning an exotic pet such as a capuchin - which technically not illegal if you have the right paperwork - is still a pretty cruel thing to do.
"They are wild animals that have very specific welfare needs," they said. "It is impossible to provide an environment as complex and rich as the wild."
The case has since been turned over to the LA District Attorney, but no verdict has been reached yet.