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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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61.

Jackie    

Douche bag he will never grow up

461 days ago
62.

Nonsense    

This guy is walking the streets and Zimmerman is in jail. We have it backwards.

461 days ago
63.

Brasil    

@ Constance Thank You.
I wish TMZ and other tabloid sites would automatically delete comments that are just off topic.
It's talking about him filing an appeal and there are more comments about his race than anything.

461 days ago
64.

Joe    

Can't rich folk hire a good hit man anymore?

461 days ago
65.

Pimpcessa    

Ghetto! And if his house is in a HOA, he will lose the fight regardless. They CAN tell you what color you're allowed to paint your house, and can damn sure tell you that graffiti is not allowed. If I was his neighbor, I'd want him kicked out, so he doesn't reduce my property value with his "art"!

461 days ago
66.

Renee    

The majority of your comments are ignorant, racist and just shows what type of environment you grew up in. Hate breeds hate...maybe you all needed more hugs in life!

461 days ago
67.

Meanie    

Then it should be the neighbors 1st amendment rights to punch this idiot repeatedly in the throat.

461 days ago
68.

Fuck Celebrities    

Now there is no doubt in anyone's mind what kind of moron would deface his own property.

461 days ago
69.

Dobby    

This is why Hollywood is so screwed up. Lots of very uneducated people with a lot of money. It truly is the Beverly Hillbillies.

461 days ago
70.

KAJ528    

That trash on your house detracts from the people with respectable houses around you. No one wants to look like they live in the ghetto. God, he is THE MOST ignorant, stupid, egocentric moron on earth. I think he even beats Kanye in that race.

461 days ago
71.

rikki    

Sounds like he got him some fancy lawyer because you know this boy never used that many big, fancy words a day in his life...he can barely speak english as it is

461 days ago
72.

Brasil    

Some of you people need to put yourself in his shoes and keep your little racist self at bay. You buy a house, cut the grass too low and the neighbors are up in arms. Gated or not. I don't know who here is from Ny, but perfect example, yesterday on Good Day NY w/ Rosanna Scotto; who lives on the Upper East Side had got a knock on the door b/c the smell of her salmon got into her neighbors apt and the neighbor felt entitled to come and knock on her door and ask her to cease cooking b/c the smell was not her cup of tea.
Now I'm sure if it was Chris Brown cooking you little racist would come on here and say he should take his ghetto ass back to the ghetto.
And why he cooking that.
Anyway, Rosanna didn't stop cooking and this is an ex of neighbors feeling too entitled.

461 days ago
73.

YouDontSay    

Is it against the association rules or city rules?
Walk the talk. Good for you.

461 days ago
74.

The Zombie    

I can't stand Chris Brown, but it's his wall. he should be able to paint it how he wants it.

461 days ago
75.

mike53051    

Nothing like making it in this world and owning a million dollar home in a ritzy area and then have this ghetto trash move in next door to you! Stay Classy you creep!

461 days ago
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