Chris Brown Loses Graffiti Lawsuit – House Is Being Painted / Los Angeles Graffiti
After complaints were filed by Brown’s neighbors the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety denied his request to keep the mural on a wall that faces the street.
E! News learned on Thursday that Brown was hit with a citation for having “unpermitted and excessive signage,” The singer was then fined $356.16 and ordered to immediately remove the mural.
The mural was given a compliance removal date of May 23.Speaking to the Los Angeles Times City Councilman Tom LaBonge said of the graffiti artwork:“They jump right out at you. They aren’t just at the curb by the bins. It is all the way up the side of the house. I can see them in a commercial area.”LaBonge adds:“There were complaints from the neighbors and the neighborhood association, and city code inspectors acted appropriately and required the homeowner be in compliance with city codes.”The compliance date for removal was intentionally missed on Chris Brown’s lawyer Mark Geragos could file an appeal with the city of Los Angeles on June 3.Chris Brown’s lawyer argues that the mural was put in place “for the sole purpose of enhancing the architectural and aesthetic features of the residential property.”As could be expected “freedom of expression and speech” were throw into the mix with talk of first amendment rights.In other Chris Brown news, remember when he punched Rihanna in the face? Sorta like how the city is punching him in the face right now over his mural? Turns out hes due for a hearing this month pertaining to a probation-violation stemming from his 2009 assault case.Several reports say the house is being painted over at this very moment.