Chris Brown Squares Off with Neighbors Over His Graffitied House

Chris Brown

Chris Brown is in trouble once again. But this time it’s with his neighbors, who are upset over a mural he graffitied on his house.

The R&B superstar, who is known for his artistic skills, painted strange-looking monsters along a retaining wall on his Hollywood Hills mansion. Now his neighbors claim the images are scaring local children, and is an eyesore to the community.

“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,” Patti Negri, president of the Hollywood Dell Civic Association, told the Los Angeles Times.

L.A. city code officials responded to complaints about the paintings and fined the “Fine China” singer $376 for unpermitted and excessive signage.

City ordinances prevent murals from being painted on most private properties. Chris has been ordered to remove the paintings within 30 days, but his attorney Mark Geragos is not giving in so easy.

“They are trying to suspend the First Amendment,” said Geragos, who claims that neighbors are harassing his client by also filing parking complaints and calling animal control on him.

After getting word of their complaints, Breezy fired back on Twitter. “Keep em inside then! It’s art. There are scarier creatures on Harry potter. Get a fucking life!” he tweeted.

He has no plans to stop expressing his artistic side. “‘Lords of dogtown’ is how I live my life. #Free ima paint until my hands fall off.”

But his neighbors hope he will change his tune. “I know a $300 fine is probably pocket change. But hopefully and maybe, he’ll just see the light and decide to be a good neighbor,” said Negri. “We’re happy to have him—if he just tones it down.”

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73 Comments

  1. Destiny

    Um… here’s the point ITS HIS HOUSE! I don’t care if the images are disturbing to you or not. If you pay for Chris Brown’s house then you decide what goes on the inside or outside of it. But, since they don’t they can go somewhere.

    These people need to mind their own business. CB’s graffiti on HIS house won’t bring down their neighborhood or anything else. This is a personal vendetta against him and nothing else.
    They want something to put CB in trouble, or give them fifteen minutes of fame.

    @Desk05

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    Lol Reply:

    @Destiny, he has to go by the rules of the HOA or move. It is what it is. Can’t do ghetto stuff in rich hoods

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    Natasha3 Reply:

    @Lol, I agree 100%! If he wants to live in the hood than he need to move there. Where he’s living is not the place for his cartoonish and so on drawings.

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    Too over this man Reply:

    @Destiny, @Destiny, Damn you sound exceptionally ignorant right now. While you’re right about it being his house and they’re aren’t the ones paying for it, you’re obviously too stupid and miss informed to know that many upper class neighborhoods have a code of conduct and rule that if one must abide by if they want to live there. And as for your comment about it being a personal vendetta because its not going to bring their neighborhood down “or anything else”, just to enlighten you, stupid shit like that (paintings of possessed cereal) doesn’t just bring his property’s value down, it brings the houses around his’ down as well so yeah thats their money he’s messing with. Im sure he doesn’t think about it that way cause I know he’s as dumb as you. So dumb, don’t think so highly of your logic before your know how the fucking world works, maybe then you’ll realize why I think you’re wrongfully pretentious and idiotic.

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    TheQueenThatCould Reply:

    @Destiny, For those who knows about neighborhoods like that which he lives in knows that their are certain property rules that you have to follow.

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  2. Ahmel

    Moving to a sophisticated neighborhood to do ghetto shit aint cool.

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    exactly Reply:

    @Ahmel,

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    Natasha3 Reply:

    @Ahmel, Exactly!!!!

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  3. Larry Linn

    He is entitled to his art. If the neighbors do not like it, the should move instead of imposing their personal tastes upon others with censorship.

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    XO till we overdose... Reply:

    @Larry Linn, First of all, let’s establish the fact that it’s illegal. If it were legal, he wouldn’t have been fined. Also, having graffiti around the neighborhood brings the property value wayyyy down so even if they wanted to move, they’d probably be losing over a million on the sale of their house. It’s so easy for people like you to talk shit when you have nothing personal at stake. But if you were the one losing a million dollars just because someone felt the need to express themselves in an inappropriate place, then I bet your opinion would change drastically.

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  4. xedos

    This shit will devalued the property in the area. If I want to buy a home lose to his house and saw that shit. I wouldn’t buy unless it’s at a cheaper price

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    Ryan Reply:

    @xedos, pretty sure you couldn’t afford the house regardless of the art.

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    da fan Reply:

    @Ryan, Co sign

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    TakeTheseFactsB*tch Reply:

    @Ryan, And I guess you know them personally?

    Who are you to speak on what someone can and can’t afford when you probably can’t afford it yourself.

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  5. 2bad2bme

    ok now THIS is not his fault..that’s HIS house people just love to hate this guy…he just name his latest album Love 2 Hate

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  6. Fa

    Funny how people automatically assume just because it’s graffiti , it’s ghetto!
    White rich upperclass pays lots of money for pop art!Since the early days of urban painting and Andy Warhol, graffiti
    is more than being ghetto!
    He is not a great painter but still, he can do whatever he wants on HIS walls!
    But
    still I believe they need to sue his ass for producing horrific generic music… considering he was the hope of R&B for a new generation ! LMAO
    He is amazingly talented both as a dancer and a singer but he is lost in gimmicks, drama and himself!

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    Destiny Reply:

    @Fa, My thoughts exactly!

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @Fa, pop art is on a canvas that hangs ON a wall, any writings or drawings on the wall itself is graffiti and i don’t care if it’s andy warhol or chris brown. i can tell alot of you fans are renters because anyone that owns a home knows bullshit like this drives down property values on every home in the neighborhood. i, for the life of me, don’t understand why he does stupid & idiotic things like this to keep his name out there. but hey, if you’re music ain’t selling …

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  7. 2bad2bme

    *he should

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  8. kandy

    he is very talented. he may not be great as a painter but with the skills he has, he is more than adequate. rare to get an artist who can sing, dance, draw,paint,produce, and write WELL!

    For that, i’d say he’s super talented. I would have to see what his hoa bylaws state to see who is right or wrong. i suspect he will take it down right before the 30th day deadline and no all grafitti art is not ghetto. thinking that is ghetto and signs of a limited artistic appreciation mind.

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  9. Adi

    Only God can judge and help save Chris Brown from all this hatred!

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    iluvnicki Reply:

    @Adi, thank you. Like really its his house let him do him,it sickens me I’ve never met a person that has had to pay for their teenage mistake like I’ve seen Chris brown.

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    Tori Reply:

    @Adi, I don’t think anyone is judging him. I love the art on his house because I am into artistic design. However he lives in a neighborhood consisting of a homeowners association so he has to obey the rules even if it is his property. Thats why I never brought a house in those types of communities because you can’t even paint or do additions to your house without permission from the HOA.

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  10. Stre3t Danc@

    Ridiculous. It’s his house, he can do whatever the f he wants. They just try to make him look bad in any way possible. -__-

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  11. xedos

    The people on here supporting this idiot don’t own property. When you work hard to buy your property and some ignorant asshole move in and try to devalued the neighborhood see how you would like it.

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    zania Reply:

    @xedos, I agree with you, I own my home and I wouldn’t want someone painting grafitti on their house where I live. I feel like CB needs to move to LA, since he is so young and wants to live that city life and reckless young person.

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    zania Reply:

    @xedos, I don’t think he is an idiot, but very immature young man and just living like a teenager.I don’t think he understands what the parents are saying. People move out of the city life, because they want a certain type of environment for their children. You know quiet, treeline block, not urban-city life.

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  12. me

    It is his house, but it is kinda tacky. Maybe if it was a painting of something else. IJS.

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  13. Meme

    Lol his comment to keep the kids inside tho. Lmao this dude attitude is ridiculous. Love it tho

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  14. wonderland19

    Personally, i think they look beautiful. But i think Chris should pick his battles. Even if he is right, he should just take them down to avoid anymore negative press. The Neighbours will think they have won with there silly excuses but who cares. Graffti artists deal with this everyday. It isn’t new. Some of the public don’t consider street art as ART until its hanging in a gallery with a price tag. Which i think is pretty stupid but oh well.

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  15. natasha

    That does bring down the price of all of the houses in the neighborhood. And it’s not because its graffiti, its because it’s trashy. People wouldn’t be complaining if it was some sort of mural.

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  16. Andre

    £376 aint gonna do sh*t lmfaooooo

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  17. RocNation

    Chris my nigga Ha.Ha!!! Tell dem kids to stay in the house….. He don’t give a fuck, & i’m the same way!!!

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  18. AAA

    Lol well…I understand that is brings down the value of the neighborhood, but using the scare the children…is some real bull, I think he should done that on the inside of his walls if anything, but “you know white people”

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    meme Reply:

    @AAA, no friend its not just a white ppl thing. I am very black and if I would feel some kinda way if I drove by the neighbour hood one day and see this sh*t. Like someone else mentioned, ppl work really hard to be able to afford to live away from trashy areas.

    I do agree that the excuse of the kids being scared was bull, its moreso the value and class being degraded.

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  19. really

    Please, the shit scares me and I am damn there 30 yrs old.

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  20. zania

    I am a big CB fan, but I wouldn’t want to live on a block with graffiti, maybe because I don’t like living in the city. I live outside the city, with beautiful homes and treeline street. I have to agree with the neighbors he should take it down. Prince painted his home purple, but he had a private mansion away from people, Cb moves to hollywood upper class neighbor hood with homes next to his because of what he probably can afford,and want the same privilege as soon one with land and privacy, you can’t have it they way. He needs a home few miles from his next neighbor and he can do what he wants.

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    Wavy Reply:

    @zania, this! And his attitude towards the whole matter is ridiculous. He’s bringing down the value of the neighborhood but he doesn’t understand that. To him people are just hating. I wonder if he’ll ever mature. I thought this era was going to be different but nope. No matter how many interviews he does about ‘changing’, he remains immature. Idk when he’ll stop playing the victim and actually grow up.

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    juantee Reply:

    @Wavy, I totally agree. I used to feel sorry for him, but not anymore. He’s rude and irresponsible. He truly needs to grow up and stop acting like a spoiled brat! It’s really sad because he is soooo gifted.

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  21. carlos

    This is the first ever time I am actually on chris browns side its his house and those drawings are not scary

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  22. Miszi

    I think that he should be free to paint anything (unless it contains profanity) as long as it’s his house. I also hardly doubt the whole “scaring children” part. What kind of chilrden are they?

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    Miszi Reply:

    @Miszi, children*

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  23. Anonymous

    It’s all about that HOA baby. You may not like it but rules are rules. Imagine what the neighborhood would look like if everyone did that to the outside of their house. SO with that being said that’s why there are rules that make up an HOA. It’s to protect the value of the property within the neighborhood. And as a buyer/seller that’s a factor when it comes to owning a home. Chris can live anywhere he wants. He should just buy some land and build a house on it that way he can do as he wishes.

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    Wavy Reply:

    @Anonymous, Exactly! You can tell which commenters have owned/rented property on here versus those who haven’t. It all comes down to those HOAs. The value of that neighborhood is depreciating each day that graffiti stays up. I wouldn’t want to buy a house in a neighborhood with graffiti.

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  24. Syn'ceRe

    I live in L.A. & trust theres nice places like that that people have painted with w/e they wanted … Its all because its ” Chris Brown ” thats all!!

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    ., Reply:

    @Syn’ceRe, there are actual rules and regulations on this. Your area may not apply to his area

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  25. Anonymous

    And I believe there are places like that. However, Chris bought a home in an area that has rules and what you do to the exterior of your home is largely encompassed in those rules… Cutting down trees, putting up a fence, changing a garage door, painting your house, etc. these are just things that matter to your neighbors and that fall into concern when it comes to a HOA. Plain and simple. It’s not about who the offender is its about the offense.

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  26. •◘Z○MG◘•

    OMG THIS IS FUNNY LOL!!!

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  27. kelly

    its hes house, he bought it.

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    Tyron Reply:

    @kelly, Yeah its his house and he brought it, but its in an HOA neighborhood. You have to follow the rules when it comes to the front of the house and the landscape it sits on.

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  28. CBE

    Hey look…its Chris Brown poking time! who wants some attention? oh oh me me!

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  29. NATION

    FIRST OF ALL…

    DEVALUES THE NEIGHBORHOOD???

    THAT SOUNDS RIDICULOUS…

    NIGGAS NEED TO SHUT THE FUCK UP ON HERE…

    AND JUST LIKE HE BOUGHT THAT HOUSE WITH HIS OWN MONEY… HE’S ENTITLED TO WHATEVER HE WANTS WITH IT…

    HE NEEDS TO FIGHT THIS… HE’S ENTITLED TO EXPRESS WITH HIS CREATIVITY THROUGH ART ON HIS OWN PROPERTY…

    IF ITS NOT ON YOUR OWN PROPERTY, DON’T WORRIED ABOUT IT…

    HIM BEING A CELEBRITY ALONE WILL MAKE YOUR PROPERTY’S VALUE GO UP… AND THATS WHY THEY DIDN’T MENTION IT… THEY JUST WANT TO FUCK WITH HIM…

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  30. Drb

    How about he not paint on the street? Do it in your backyard on the walls that face inward but not on the street that everyone will see

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  31. Quinn

    This basic nigga played the Harry Potter card lmfao. Yes, those creatures may be frightening to young children but parents are able to censor their children from that. How the hell can they censor them from the garbage this parasite is painting? It’s bringing the property value down. I’d be upset too.

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  32. Lynn

    He must have an album coming out soon! He’s seeking attention, because he has to know that he has to abide by the rules of the homeowners association.

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  33. C

    Tacky, tacky, tacky. He clearly has no taste or sophistication and is acting like an immature b*tch. He has a lot of growing up to do.
    Also, who ruins a Lamborghini like that? I mean come on. He needs to follow through with HOA rules or move… preferably under a rock… forever.

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  34. Ahmed

    there clearly is no homeowners association (then he would be at fault) its just angry neighbors complaining about “disturbing images”. He paid good money for the home, gives him the right to do whatever, these unspoken rules do not exist

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  35. Kahn

    I hinkg that that if it was not graffiti-inspired they would probably not have a problem with images he painted on his own home. he should pay the fines and keep the images up, no nudity no gore, no homeowners association just images they don’t like. NOt good enough

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  37. Queenbeyonce

    Chris has to go Im so tired of his so called hood ass smfh drama drama got more drama than a female

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  38. enive

    all he has have to do is ask himself one question. why was it that you chose this area to move into again?

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  39. bobs

    He’s pure trash through and through.

    I could understand if the murals were good, but these look like they were made by that Laurence Welk SNL character with tiny hands.

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  40. Deangelo R.

    The lady says “we’re happy to have him…” LOL racist azz white bwitch.

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  41. Sean

    Well this is what happens when you break HOA rules. The artwork is nice, but you still have to follow the rules of a planned community. If Chris wants to do more of this, then he needs to go buy a house in a neighborhood that not HOA. I use to live in a planned community and they were so strict when it comes to everything facing the street. Its nothing to do with race, its all out keeping the value of the neighborhood high, so HOA pushes to have a certain look. I believe if you own a house then you can do whatever want with it, that why I moved out that neighborhood.

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  42. Tyron

    I love some these comments saying its his house and he do whatever he wants. Its clear some of you are young teenagers that no nothing about owning a home, especially in a planned community (HOA). Chris obviously did not read is contract of the homeowners association. In those types of neighborhoods you have to keep the front of your house to a certain standard the neighborhood requires. Its all about property values for the neighborhood’s survival. Its nothing personal or racial, its business!

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    Tyron Reply:

    @Tyron, excuse the typos but you get my point. Lol

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  43. Sandi J

    Since when was graffiti ghetto. It’s only ghetto when you see gang affiliated writing or drawings. But when it’s cartoon characters or anything else, it’s art. Not all spray painted images are ghetto. I have NEVER seen cartoon images in the hood. I only see gang signs, gang sayings, and gang symbols, NOT cartoons. With that being said, have a blessed day everyone!

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  44. damit!

    It’s his house enough said! His nosey ass neighbors are not paying for shit, so they don’t have shit to say! The only reaswon why they are bitching is because, it’s Chris Brown’s house1 I’m sure the damn bad ass crumb snatchers in the neighborhood have seen alot worse from their damn parents!

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  45. Skep J.R

    lmao are yall serious ?? its fucking art lol

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  46. ceoboens

    Reading comprehension people. He got fined by the CITY; not the HOA. If you read the article, it states that the neighbors have called animal control and filed parking complaints with the city. The HOA has not been involved in this at all. This sounds like hateful ass neighbors ready to kick the young black kid out of the neighborhood. Plus, looking at the picture, it seems like those pictures are in the back of the house in the alley. I agree with Chris. This is clearly sour grapes.

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  47. Maurice

    This s**t is so petty… The man paid for his house so he can do what he wants with it. Its not like he’s doing anything illegal(Selling drugs, excessive noise, etc.) Its pictures on HIS damn house!! Thats like him complaining about the neighbors having a certain color on their house and he don’t like it so he goes and reports it… Its dumb. For those referring to it as “ghetto” you all sound extremely dumb. Whether you think so or not, its art. Let the man express himself!! Its bad enough he gets bad mouth for every little thing he does, why cant he paint on his house? Property value? Really? The man could probably buy all the houses around him and they worried about property value. As far as the children, there are cartoons on tv that have characters that look far worst than what was drawn and you mean to tell me those pictures are scaring them so badly, I call bullshit. Its 2013 people. Get a life and find something else to occupy your time. If you don’t like him, thats fine, but dont find petty shit to complain about.

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  49. Esau Johnson

    Chris Brown please do this for those childred. You can not satify human. Please do this for the sick of good name.

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