Chris Brown got himself a pet monkey — but never got a permit to keep her — so now he’s sans monkey and could face criminal charges … TMZ has learned.
As we reported … CB took heat last month after posting a pic of his 3-year-old daughter Royalty holding the baby capuchin monkey named Fiji, because people thought it was a danger to her and belongs in the wild. Chris told everyone to chill.
According to law enforcement … several folks notified the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, who opened an investigation.
Turns out Chris never got a permit for the exotic pet, so authorities got a search warrant but before Chris’ house got raided, he voluntarily agreed to surrender the animal.
According to our sources … CB could be charged with having a restricted species without a permit, a misdemeanor, that carries a maximum of 6 months in jail. The case has been turned over to the L.A. City Attorney.
Chris’ lawyer, Mark Geragos, tells TMZ, “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.”
As for Fiji … she’s fine.