The 28-year-old R&B star posted an adorable video (below) last month of his daughter, Royalty, holding their pet baby monkey, Fiji. However, not everyone thought the scene was cute. Some of Breezy's followers voiced concern about dangers of the three-year-old being next to the exotic Capuchin monkey and called up the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to report the pop star.
While Brown isn't in trouble for bringing his daughter and the exotic animal together, the Fish and Wildlife team discovered that Brown didn't have the proper permits to house the Capuchin monkey. Because of this, he can face up to six months in jail.
TMZ reports that Brown immediately turned Fiji over to the authorities when they turned up at his house with a search warrant. Now, his case sits with L.A.'s City Attorney who will be seeing Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, ASAP. Geragos also spoke with TMZ and criticized the city for “using taxpayer money on investigating monkey business.”
“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,” he said.
Police records indicate the incident was sparked by a verbal altercation between Carti and his girlfriend. One witness agreed with Carti’s allegations of being slapped in the face, while a witness who alerted police said Carti’s girlfriend had red marks on her chest from Carti pulling her by the backpack straps. Despite the somewhat muddled reports of what exactly happened, the outcome will probably not include formal charges.
“TMZ has learned the L.A. City Attorney will not file charges but instead hold an informal hearing with the rapper and his [girlfriend] to discuss how best to avoid what went down back in July at LAX,” TMZ reported.
The TMZ report aligns with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s official policy on how charges are determined and filed, which states that a deputy district attorney reviews cases brought to the District Attorney’s Office by local law enforcement agencies. In Carti’s case, that would likely be the LAPD or airport security. The report would then be “reviewed in light of current law and whether the case presented by the agency can be proven in court beyond a reasonable doubt.”
If TMZ’s speculation is correct, Carti may simply get a warning. It’s also possible both parties may be required to enter some type of counseling program on healthier ways to manage potential conflicts.
An arrest warrant has been issued for the controversial rapper and alleged boob-biter Azealia Banks.
According toPitchfork, the 25-year-old artist failed to appear in court Monday to face charges of misdemeanor assault, attempted assault, and disorderly conduct. The charges stem from a 2015 incident, in which Banks allegedly punched and bit the breast of a nightclub security guard after she was prohibited from entering a private party at NYC’s Up&Down.
Page Six reports Banks’ lawyer read a note written by the rapper in court Monday: “I can be back tomorrow if the court needs it.”
An entertainment attorney representing Banks has since released a statement explaining why his client was unable to make her scheduled court appearance. Apparently, Banks had confused the dates and was unable to appear because she was in Europe.
Azealia Banks mistakenly believed she had a court appearance on March 8 instead of March 6.
She was in France for Fashion week due to meetings and other social gatherings and was not able to arrange her flight in time to appear today. She apologizes and will apologize in person to the Court for missing her scheduled hearing. In addition, she attempted to appear via a New York Attorney and through a close family member. Ms. Banks will go to the department to remedy the situation as soon as possible. Again, she apologizes for the inconvenience that may have caused the Department.
Shortly before the altercation at Up&Down, Banks was caught on surveillance allegedly attacking another security guard at a nightclub in Los Angeles. The footage—obtained by TMZ—shows a bouncer attempting to remove Banks from the Break Room 86 venue, before a scuffle breaks out. Though the LAPD reportedly opened a criminal battery investigation, Banks ultimately dodged assault charges, as the L.A. City Attorney determined the footage failed to provide enough evidence.