It’s official: Chris Brown can’t even paint in peace.
The Los Angeles Times reports the 24-year-old singer has received multiple complaints about the graffiti painted outside his Hollywood Hills home and has been asked to remove the art. Neighbors claim the murals are scaring the children and ruining the “hillside aesthetic” of the surrounding area.
“There are lots of babies, lots of children, and they’re literally frightened. It’s like devils on the wall — big scary eyes and big scary teeth, and just the whole vibe is not what we’re used to,” said Patti Negri, president of the Hollywood Dell Civic Assn.
L.A. city code officials have reportedly cited Brown for unpermitted and excessive signage and ordered him to remove the art within 30 days. Failure to comply would result in fines starting at $376 but could continue to rise.
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Of course, Brown won’t take that lying down. He took to Twitter on Sunday (May 12) to air out his feeling about the matter.
“Keep em inside then! It’s art. There are scarier creatures on Harry potter. Get a fucking life!” he said in response to a report by The Associated Press. “‘Lords of dogtown’ is how I live my life. #Free ima paint until my hands fall off.”
Mark Geragos, Brown’s attorney, believes it is the neighbors who are harassing Brown and is ready to go to war with the city.
“I’m scared of neighborhood busybodies like this,” Geragos said. “They’ve called animal control. They have sicced parking [enforcement] on him, and now they reached the heights of ridiculousness here. Shame on them.”