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Chris Brown to L.A. City:

My Graffiti Is Protected

By the 1st Amendment!!

6/19/2013 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0506_chris_brown_graffiti_tmz_wmChris Brown is firing back at the City of L.A. -- claiming the gov. has NO RIGHT to force him to remove the graffiti art on the front of his L.A. home because it's protected by the 1st Amendment.

Brown just filed an appeal with the city -- telling officials the bill they're trying to stick him with for having an "unpermitted" mural on the front wall of his Hollywood Hills home is pure B.S..

According to the legal documents, obtained by TMZ, Brown claims the city is wrongly trying to nail him for having an illegal "sign" -- when the graffiti is art that "[enhances] the architectural and aesthetic features of the residential property."

Translation -- my artwork makes my house look dope, son!

Then Chris drops the constitutional bomb -- arguing, "The murals are a reflection of [my] aesthetic taste and a reflection of free speech and expression protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution."

Brown's case is now in the hands of the Dept. of Building and Safety's board of appeals -- and if they shut him down, he can bring the fight to L.A. County Superior Court.

In fact, there's a chance ... albeit a small chance ... that Brown's case could go all the way up to the Supreme Court if he's not willing to back down.

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317 COMMENTS

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136.

Monkeydo    

This idiots only famous because Rihanna had a relationship with him and he's an abuser who's been exposed now so treat him like one people sheesh...this graffiti **** is just his way of laughing in all our faces

458 days ago
137.

Cyrina    

HaHa Chris, this would only work as a reason if you didnt live in a gated community, they have rules you have to follow, and if you break them your out. NOW out here where i live in the country we dont have a comity telling us what we can or cant do to our house, or yard, you want to do this move outside of the city.

458 days ago
138.

Jer172004    

Here is another celebrity who when he came up pulled his own covers by showing how ghetto he really is!

458 days ago
139.

Shane    

Stupid ******!

458 days ago
140.

Double Bubble    

What a fkn mental midget this loser is..This "enhances" the aesthetic features of his property? Even if he thinks this is "art", he cant impose it on others who dont feel the same as him. Obviously he forgot to look into the rights of everyone else.

458 days ago
141.

De Niro     

his so called GRAFFITI is not that good it is a eye sore I've seen a hell of a lot better from kids in 6th grade

458 days ago
142.

coreen    

POS--What if this IDIOT , painted "OBSCENE Porno" , or a KKK , or a Nazi sign ????? The neighbors have EVERY right --you Can't Sell a house , with That **** next door !!!!

458 days ago
143.

PossumPussy    

Maybe you should have thought about your 1st Amendment right before you bought a house! Most cities, towns, subdivisions, communities have standards stated that you buy when you buy a house. In Savannah's historic district, it is required that external door knobs are brass and internal door knobs are glass. One guy attempted to defy the city by painting his historical home PINK with Purple trim. The legal battle went on for years before the city won. That's just the facts, whether anyone agrees or not. Billboards aren't allowed on highways in some states. Weed is LEGAL in Washington and Colorado. If you were Willie Nelson, would you choose to live in Backwad, TX or one of those states? INFORMED DECISIONS. BE MINDFUL and stop your bellyaching Chris Brown. You're a DBag.

458 days ago
144.

ITGrouch    

Next story...

458 days ago
145.

Michell    

If graffiti is on your building, you have to paint it. What makes this low class trouble maker think he is any different. It's graffiti...walk down to a railroad yard and look...it's graffiti. He's trouble.

458 days ago
146.

Serpy    

This guy is such a loser! I'm constantly saddened by the people that we pay attention to and essentially make rich and famous. This dude should be working at a Burger King cus he's an idiot aside from being a terrible human

457 days ago
147.

kellie    

If the deed restrictions prohibit graffiti then he will end up having to remove it. Besides, it looks tacky. Grow up Chris.

457 days ago
148.

Nfsgirl    

So tax dollars are being wasted so he can have a pi$$ing contest in court over his fugly graffiti...

457 days ago
149.

J Low    

What a bunch of A/ holes. Most of the tagers come from where you live. White kids have been spray painting my hood for years nobody said ****. I'am glad somebody came from where I live to spray up some of your ****. I hope CB spray paints not only his stuff but your **** to. Hope you can't sleep at night for thinking about the black guy F in your daughter. Have a good night at the trailer park.

457 days ago
150.

Todd Whitney    

Arik Katzenberg stopped this CNN/CBS merger so he can merge ABC News Division with CNN under Time Warner with a 13% remainder interest for The Walt Disney Company

457 days ago
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