| December 05, 2019 03:09 PM
A Los Angeles judge was not monkeying around in ordering singer Chris Brown to give up his exotic pet in order to avoid criminal charges.
The 30-year-old singer had his pet capuchin monkey, named Fiji, seized by California Fish and Wildlife agents early last year after he posted a video on Instagram of his daughter snuggling with the small rainforest-dwelling primate. He was charged with two misdemeanors for possessing the simian without a permit.
Brown was allowed to enter into a diversion program with the judge, stipulating that he must relinquish all rights to Fiji and pay $35,000 to a facility where the monkey now lives. Brown is also banned from attempting to purchase any other pet monkeys.
The judge also ordered that the singer has to avoid any other run-ins with the law until June when the charges will be dropped if all the conditions are met. Brown pleaded guilty in 2009 to a felony assault charge after he beat then-girlfriend Rihanna during an argument.
Brown reportedly wanted the primate because late singer Michael Jackson owned a pet chimpanzee named Bubbles.