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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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31.

Carla628    

This would be a Good source of therapy for Chris.

404 days ago
32.

en Todo Momento!!    

just have banksy take a piss on it. they'll surely leave you alone then.... then it's 'art'.

404 days ago
33.

Kathy    

Shows how stupid this thing is. The jerk in the white house took that right away from us. The idiot only cares about illegal immigrants and his kind.

404 days ago
34.

STFUP    

LA City ordinances prevent murals from being painted on most private properties.

404 days ago
35.

Nonsense    

It's pretty ironic that this thug is actually trying to use the law for protection when he has no respect for any law or any person

404 days ago
36.

Blackpower    

He also has a new single with the late aaliyah get it on itunes

404 days ago
37.

Ivan in Phoenix    

CB is one of the dumbest people on this planet.

404 days ago
38.

janet    

Im sure his neighbors are thrilled. Looks like crap. Another no talent with too much money.

404 days ago
39.

BB not bb    

You have to hand it to anyone who is willing to fight for the constitution. So many people sweep it under the rug, but it is what this whole society was founded on. I always wondered about this also.


I have heard of people being forced to repaing their home for making it purple, old ladies not allowed to put an American flag on their balcony, people cited for having a living room chair on the front porch, and other aesthetic crimes.


Freedom of expression means you express yourself, not what your neighborhood wants. If they want to live in some manicured old English or whatever style property, that is on them. That is not to say that is the only taste and style around.


This guy has the time and money to fight something like this. People should stnad up for their rights.

404 days ago
40.

wtf    

and THIS, black people, is why white people move away when black people buy homes in their neighborhoods.

404 days ago
41.

BB not bb    

There is a man who was in the news a lot for having a boat up in a tree and political signs on his property in a very wealthy neighborhood. He fought them over having to get rid of that stuff and he won. It can be done. No one thought he would win but he did.


You don't have rights automatically. Sometimes you have to stand up for them and fight to preserve them.

404 days ago
42.

Passthepeas    

My name is Christopher!

404 days ago
43.

laffnbear    

I'll be interested in seeing what happens in a couple of years when the baloon payment is due on the mortgage.
Will the lender agree it is art as he claims?
Will it devalue the property,leaving his loan "under water?He may have a tough sell on his hands and be looking to rent a sand blaster.

404 days ago
44.

Katz    

You can take the jerk out of the ghetto, but you can't take the ghetto out of the jerk! Grow up you idiot! Stop buying this clown's music and making him rich, he's nothing but a woman beater!

404 days ago
45.

STFUP    

I truly miss the days when our 'celebrities' had style and class.

404 days ago
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