The singer, 29, has been charged with two counts of possession of a restricted primate without a permit by Los Angeles City Attorney.
It came after his daughter Royalty, four, was seen playing with a capuchin monkey in a social media snap posted in December 2017 – leading to the pet, named Fiji, being seized by authorities.
‘It’s not mine!’: Chris Brown has claimed he doesn’t own the exotic monkey which could see him face jail time of up to six months (pictured in June 2017)
Instead, Brown is reportedly going to suggest that it was filmed in Las Vegas, Nevada, where the monkey lived with a relative – who is apparently the real pet owner, sources close to the singer told the publication.
The authorities are allegedly not sold on these claims as Chris voluntarily surrendered the monkey in Los Angeles.
Brown’s response to this is believed to be that the actual owner was visiting with Fiji for that particular week.
Legal woes: The singer, 29, has been charged with two counts of possession of a restricted primate without a permit by Los Angeles City Attorney
Speaking at the time, Captain Patrick Foy said that investigators determined the singer did not have a permit for the capuchin monkey.
He added that the clip posted to Instagram by Brown, showing his then three-year-old daughter cuddling with the animal prompted a half-dozen calls to the wildlife department from concerned citizens.
Brown agreed to cooperate at the time, and soon after agents served a search warrant at his home.
The singer was not there at the time but had employees hand over the monkey in a cage.
New pet? It came after his daughter Royalty, four, was seen playing with a capuchin monkey in a social media snap posted in December 2017 (pictured)
Claims: The Loyal hitmaker insists the video, which is said to have sparked the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s investigation, was not taken in his home (pictured June 2017)
Fiji is now at an undisclosed facility.
Brown is due to appear in court on February 6 2019.
The singer has been in repeated legal trouble since pleading guilty to the felony assault in 2009 of his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, ahead of the Grammys.
He completed his probation in that case in 2015.
In 2013, Brown was charged with misdemeanor assault after he was accused of striking a man outside a Washington DC hotel.
He was ordered into rehab but was dismissed for violating facility rules.
In doubt: The authorities are allegedly not sold on these claims as Chris voluntarily surrendered the monkey in Los Angeles
Brown spent close to three months in custody, with US Marshals shuttling him between Los Angeles and the nation’s capital for hearings.
After he completed court-ordered anger-management classes, Brown was accused of throwing a brick at his mother’s car following a counselling session.
He was then charged with felony battery again just this past July following a 2017 incident in Florida.
Brown was accused of hitting Bennie Vines Jr., who was hired by a club in Tampa to take pictures during an event hosted by Brown in April 2017.
Vines told officers Brown punched him while he was snapping photos. Brown was gone by the time officers arrived that night.
Vines refused medical treatment, but he told the officers that he wanted to prosecute over a minor lip cut.
The argument: Brown’s response to this is believed to be that the actual owner was visiting with Fiji for that particular week