R&B singer Chris Brown has been charged with monkey-related misdemeanours.
The 29-year-old performer was charged last week with two counts stemming from his ownership of a pet capuchin monkey without a permit, the Los Angeles city attorney’s office has confirmed.
Brown posted a photo to his 44 million Instagram followers in January showing his three-year-old daughter, Royalty, cuddling the animal named Fiji.
California fish and wildlife agents took the monkey away soon after.
Brown will be formally charged in a US court on 6 February, after which he will be expected to issue a plea.
His attorney Mark Geragos has not immediately responded to requests for comment.
Brown has been in repeated legal trouble since admitting the assault of the pop star Rihanna, his then-girlfriend, in 2009.
He completed his probation in that case in 2015.
Two years later he was issued with a restraining order over a “threat to kill” his ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran.