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Chris Brown Upsets L.A. Neighbors With Curbside Murals

Residents say images are too scary for children

A mural painted on the outside of Chris Brown's home in Los Angeles.
AP Photo/Richard Vogel
May 12, 2013 6:45 PM ET

Chris Brown has drawn criticism from his neighbors over the murals he had painted on a curbside wall at his home in the Hollywood Hills.

The Los Angeles Times reports that local residents are complaining that the images in the street art-style murals are too scary. "There are lots of babies, lots of children, and they're literally frightened," Hollywood Dell Civic Association president Patti Negri told the paper. "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."

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L.A. city code officials responded to the neighbors' complaints by citing Brown for unpermitted and excessive signage, with possible fines starting at $376. They ordered him to remove the painting within 30 days, after which the fines could rise.

Chris Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos, said that Brown planned to fight the city over the murals. "They are trying to suspend the First Amendment," he said.

Geragos also accused Brown's neighbors of harassing the singer. "I'm scared of neighborhood busybodies like this," he 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."

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