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Chris Brown charged over monkey ownership

The R&B singer Chris 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.

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