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Judge orders Chris Brown to give up pet monkey

Chris Brown attends 'The Lost Warhols' Collection exhibit at HYDE Sunset: Kitchen + Cocktails on November 4, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images

A Los Angeles judge on Wednesday said Chris Brown must give up all rights to his former pet monkey, pay for its care and not try to buy a new one if he wants charges of illegal animal ownership dropped.

The 30-year-old singer was allowed to enter a diversion program nearly a year after he was charged with two misdemeanours over his possession of a pet capuchin monkey without a permit.

Brown must permanently forfeit his rights to the monkey, named Fiji, pay $35,000 to the facility where it is now being housed, and refrain from trying to visit it without making special arrangements.

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He also must not own any other prohibited species, and submit to searches to prove he isn’t.

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If Brown meets the conditions, the charges will be dropped in June.

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Brown posted a picture to his 44 million Instagram followers in early 2018 showing his daughter Royalty cuddling with the capuchin, named Fiji.

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California fish and wildlife agents took the monkey away soon after.

Brown is also prohibited from breaking the law in any other way during the span.

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He has had several highly publicized run-ins with law enforcement in the decade since he pleaded guilty to the felony assault of his then-girlfriend Rihanna, for which he served five years’ probation.

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