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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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106.

Richmond PD    

If he lives in an association that restricts this type of art, have it removed; otherwise, if he chooses to paint his house purple, it's HIS BUSINESS. He pays the taxes, mortgage, upkeep etc of HIS PROPERTY. The govt cannot deprive him of that unless it appeals to the prurient interest, depicts or describes sexual conduct in a patently offensive way, or lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value. It is clearly a violation of his first amendment right.

302 days ago
107.

JP    

All the money in the world can't buy Chris out of being an idiot.

302 days ago
108.

Amy    

This just goes to show what happens when trash gets their hands on some money.

302 days ago
109.

ellenviola    

DO KNOW WHAT THE REAL PROBLEM IS ?THE ABUSE OF FREEDOM...JUST BECAUSE U CAN DOSENT MEAN YOU SHOULD.......THIS MENTAILITY ANGERS THE PEOPLE WHO USE THEIR FREEDOMS WHILE DOING THE RIGHT THINGS TO PRESERVE IT

302 days ago
110.

Crackhead    

Chris Brown is an angry, out of control a-hole, we already know that. Now we know that his aesthetic taste sucks. F' you Chris Brown, I'm glad that you are not my neighbor. I would hate to have to look at your mural and hear the sounds of women being beaten at all hours of the day and night.

302 days ago
111.

Friend    

Our forefathers must be so proud

302 days ago
112.

Umadbro?!?!    

Its his house..i kinda like it actually

302 days ago
113.

Brasil    

Off to work, continue racising. Yes I know it's not a word.

302 days ago
114.

theebabyjane    

I was born and raised in Detroit and we have some awful ghettos, I don't Understand why anyone would want to paint their house like a getto. He could have used some huge canvas and did his art, then when everybody made a huge stink and it made a lot of publicity, auction them all for charity!

302 days ago
115.

zoolady    

This mural issue is way bigger than Chris Brown in LA and has been a contentious issue for decades where artists have gotten the short end of the stick and many beautiful, historically significant artists' work has been destroyed or fallen into disrepair. The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles is working to amend local ordinances to protect this form of expression, see http://www.muralconservancy.org/press/mural-discussion-la-art-show-sheds-light-public-art

302 days ago
116.

Ann    

Chris Brown beats Rihanna, paints graffit, Justin Biebe speeds recklessly, Li'l Wayne tramples the flag, Kanye interupts Taylor Swift's acceptance speech, etc.etc. Why do all these young male rappers disrespect everyone and everything? What is wrong with the lot of them???

302 days ago
117.

theebabyjane    

I was born and raised in Detroit and we have some awful ghettos, I don't Understand why anyone would want to paint their house like a getto. He could have used some huge canvas and did his art, then when everybody made a huge stink and it made a lot of publicity, auction them all for charity

302 days ago
118.

SunnyAutumn    

racists mad because they don't have his money, working low-paid jobs or unemployed. bwahhhhhhhh.

302 days ago
119.

anya2u    

Bet his neighbors would just love to knock that sh*tty grin right off his face

302 days ago
120.

Josh    

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

TMZ staffers are a bunch of retards and their attempts at humor are lame.

302 days ago
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