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.
Bleacher Report's Mike Freemanlearned that Colin Kaepernickhas filed a grievance under the NFL's collective bargaining agreement for collusion against league owners. Kaepernick alleges that league owners are working together to prevent him from getting back into the NFL.
“If the NFL (as well as all professional sports leagues) is to remain a meritocracy, then principled and peaceful political protest—which the owners themselves made great theater imitating weeks ago—should not be punished and athletes should not be denied employment based on partisan political provocation by the Executive Branch of our government,” Kaepernick said in a statement through his lawyer Mark Geragos.
While Kaepernick's agent has made his availability clear to all 32 teams, the Tennessee Titans never entertained the idea of signing Kap after Marcus Mariota went down with a hamstring injury. Instead, the Titans picked up Brandon Weeden off the scrap heap to back up Matt Cassel. In the 34 games he played in his career, Weeden has thrown 31 touchdowns and 30 interceptions.
Kaepernick's actions could lead to an early termination of the league's collective bargaining agreement, more than three years before the contract was set to expire. The move could lead to players and owners going back to the drawing board and working out a new CBA that would benefit both parties.
Ja Rule and Billy McFarland, founders of the failed Fyre Festival, have reportedly been “barred” from trying again in the Bahamas. Bahamas Ministry of Tourism sources toldTMZ they were planning to start enforcing a “stricter vetting system” for musicfestivals in the future, an overhaul that will include checking in with organizers repeatedly throughout any event's development process.
The reason the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism didn't intervene during the Fyre Festival's planning process, according toTMZ, is that they didn't have the authority due to its status as a private event. On Sunday, famous lawyer Mark Geragos filed a $100 million lawsuit against Ja Rule, Billy McFarland, and the Fyre Media brand alleging breach of contract, fraud, breach of covenant of good faith, and negligent misrepresentation.
The suit, TMZreported Tuesday, also alleges that Fyre attendees were locked inside the airport terminal “for hours” as security officials put up a fence around the building to make sure no one left the premises. Additionally, some attendees reportedly passed out due to lack of water while waiting for a departing flight. There was also, according to a photo, some sort of tiny fire fyre going on?
Burned Fyre attendees have two options, according to the New York Times' Joe Coscarelli. they can take their refund and get on with their lives, or they can pay it forward by receiving VIP passes for whatever the Fyre team is planning for 2018:
just fyi: Fyre Festival customers can forgo a refund in exchange for VIP passes to next year’s festival 🙂 pic.twitter.com/nUWWlpKX9R
The Fyre Festival fun continues. On Monday, ABC Newsreported that lawyer Mark Geragos had filed a $100 million proposed class action lawsuit against the botched Bahamas music festival's organizers. The suit, filed Sunday, claims the festival was “nothing more than a get-rich-quick scam from the very beginning.” Geragos has previously represented Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, and Winona Ryder.
Geragos' suit against Ja Rule, Billy McFarland, and Fyre Media seeks damages of at least $100 million on behalf of Daniel Jung and other attendees. According to the suit, Fyre Fest's lack of “adequate food, water, shelter, and medical care” contributed to a dangerous situation in which attendees were “stranded” on a remote island. As for the island itself, the Wrapreported that the suit disputes the fest's claims of the event taking place on an island previously owned by Pablo Escobar. Festival organizers are accused in the suit of breach of contract, fraud, breach of covenant of good faith, and negligent misrepresentation.
In a tweeted statement Friday, Ja Rule said he was “heartbroken” and pushed back against the “scam” claims. “I truly apologize as this is NOT MY FAULT,” he said. “But I'm taking responsibility.”
In a separate statement to Rolling Stone, McFarland announced make-up dates for Fyre Fest for May 2018 and vowed that anyone who signed up for the inaugural event would be able to attend free of charge. “Today is definitely the toughest day of my life,” McFarland said.