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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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46.

Bolivar    

Chris Brown knows as much about the Constitution as he does about relating to women...

460 days ago
47.

mememeee    

I don't care for what he did to HIS home, ad wouldn't if I were a neighbor, but if we buy a house, shouldn't we be able to do wth we want to do?? he may be offended by his neighbors hinges as well... should they be forced to paint their homes in a less boring color? really petty!

460 days ago
48.

jo69    

his graffiti art is a hot mess! end it now!

460 days ago
49.

karlew    

And his neighbours have the right not to have their home values plummet because of what this woman beating, cowardly punk calls art. If he loves the look of the ghetto so much he should move there.

460 days ago
50.

Derwood    

Mr. Brown, you gave up the right to decorate your house the way you want to when you signed your neighborhood covenant agreement. Go ask your real estate agent for a copy. Those rights are gone by your own hand.

460 days ago
51.

haskel420    

WOW IM SURPRISED HES NOT CRYING ABOUT HOW THEY ARE FINING HIM 'CAUSE IM BLACK'

460 days ago
52.

Ann    

I hate this guy more and more each day. Spoiled punk.

460 days ago
53.

chicago_animal     

Only other right he knows is the right to remain silent.

460 days ago
54.

buzz kill    

Now you know why people don't wan't someone like him in their neighborhood. People move away from cities to get away from this crap.

460 days ago
55.

Pompano Ann    

Yes he has right, that is the great thing about the USA, he also has the privilege to live in a nice neighborhood, he DOES NOT have the properness
or respect. He is not a proper man, he is a detriment to himself!

460 days ago
56.

Sean Kelly    

Ignorant rapper who doesn't understand what is protected speech. This is not protected speech... this is just ghetto garbage.

460 days ago
57.

Nicole    

Chris Brown is a profoundly selfish young man who has no problem imposing his dubious taste in "art" on his unfortunate neighbors. His attitude is a clear indication that he has no concern for anyone but himself.

460 days ago
58.

Lena5420    

I am not one for violence EVER but seriously this punk ass bitch needs to be beat down so hard that he never can talk again. He is such a pathetic excuse for a human being and just b/c he has some talent he thinks he's above everyone else. I'm so over it!

460 days ago
59.

chad    

Chris Brown really should READ what the constitution says about 1st Amendment rights..... ugh......

460 days ago
60.

Brasil    

Most of yall are just racist and would find any story about a non white person to come say some racist ****.
They could of said he donated money to cancer and still the majority of yall would come and say he's from the ghetto, N...er this and N...er that.
Like, YOU'RE RACIST.
I don't know much about him, but is that where he came from; the ghetto. Where is it? Cause I don't know.
And you are the same ones that will teach your kids the same **** you're saying online.

460 days ago
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