Chris Brown Fined for "Scary" Artwork

Neighbor says art on the outside of his house is frightening children.

Posted: 05/13/2013 02:39 PM EDT
Chris Brown Fined for Scaring Children

Chris Brown may have deleted a tweet [possibly] directed towards Rihanna, but he's not keeping his fingers off the keyboard when it comes to his neighbors.

Brown took his affinity for graffiti to the side of his house via some colorful, monstrous blobs, and some of his neighbors have complained. He now faces a $367 fine, which could increase significantly. He responded publicly via Twitter.

Patti Negri, president of the Hollywood Dell Civic Association told the L.A. Times that the art is frightening local children. "There are lots of babies, lots of children, and they're literally frightened. It's like devils on the wall — big scary eyes and big scary teeth, and just the whole vibe is not what we're used to."

She said that she hopes they can all just get along. "I know a $300 fine is probably pocket change. But hopefully and maybe, he'll just see the light and decide to be a good neighbor … We're happy to have him — if he just tones it down."

Brown said the children are better off indoors if his monsters are too much. He tweeted, "Keep em inside then! It's art. There are scarier creatures on Harry potter. Get a f--king life!"

His attorney, Mark Geragos is not yielding to the neighborhood association either. He said it's a matter of the first amendment and the fine threat is the latest in a series of harassing moves.

"I'm scared of neighborhood busybodies like this. They've called animal control. They have sicced parking [enforcement] on him, and now they reached the heights of ridiculousness here. Shame on them."

L.A. city code officials have ordered Brown to remove the "excessive signage" within 30 days. 


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