Chris Brown Appeals Graffiti Monsters Citation, Cites 1st Amendment
HOLLYWOOD HILLS, Calif. — Scary monsters adorning the outside of singer Chris Brown’s Hollywood Hills home are his personal art and he isn’t about to give up his 1st Amendment right to expression because of a city citation, his attorney said.
Mark Geragos, the singer’s attorney, has filed an appeal with the city of Los Angeles over a citation he received after his neighbors complained about the 8-feet-tall neon figures with bulging eyes and fangs on the walls of his designer home.
The enforcement citation was issued last month over “unpermitted and excessive signage” on his home on leafy, narrow Rinconia Drive.
In the appeal, Geragos said that the work is art, not signage, and therefore does not require a permit, especially because it is a home, not a business.
“…The murals painted on the exterior of the structure are for the sole purpose of enhancing the architectural and aesthetic features of the residential property,” Geragos wrote.
Moreover, Geragos wrote that the “murals are the reflection of the homeowner’s aesthetic taste and a reflection of free speech and expression protected by the 1st Amendment…”
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