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Could Chris Brown face jail time for having a pet monkey?

ABC/Randy HolmesIt looks like Chris Brown has a real monkey on his back...and it's gotten him in trouble with the law. 

TMZ says that the "Don't Judge Me" singer has a pet monkey named Fiji, that was reportedly obtained without a permit. 

After Chris posted a photo of his daughter Royalty holding the baby capuchin monkey, people notified the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

According to TMZ, the authorities got a search warrant for his house, but Chris voluntarily surrendered Fiji.  However, he could still face criminal charges for having a restricted species without a permit.   

According to TMZ, that's a misdemeanor that could land Chris in jail for up to six months.  The L.A. City Attorney is reportedly on the case.

But Chris' lawyer, Mark Geragos, thinks the uproar caused by the performer's pet is much ado about nothing.

He tells TMZ, "As I leave my office in downtown L.A. and walk past people sleeping on the street on my way to defend people charged by the City Attorney with selling medical spending taxpayer money on investigating monkey business, this completes the circle on his absurdity."   

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